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[announce] Successful Evaluations of .test IDN TLDs

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Successful Evaluations of .test IDN TLDs

31 January 2008

In October 2006, ICANN engaged Autonomica AB of Stockholm, Sweden, to
develop, conduct, and report on the results of laboratory testing of
internationalized top-level domains in a setting corresponding to the
public root. On 7 March 2007 the result of the laboratory tests were
reported successfully. The laboratory technical test was one of the
prerequisites to eventual insert internationalized top level labels in
the root zone, which subsequently were done and the associated test
facility was launched.

Following the project plan, Autonomica then conducted a replication of
the laboratory test, live in the DNS. Quoting from their report:

"Autonomica AB has, under a contract with ICANN, investigated whether
the addition of top level domains containing encoded internationalized
characters (so called IDNs) to the public root zone for testing purposes
has any impact on the iterative mode resolvers used to look up the
information. No impact at all could be detected. All involved systems
behaved exactly as expected."

Therefore, the Automomica test raised no issue regarding the ability of
root-severs and iterative mode resolvers to handle IDN TLD queries.

Details of the test result can be found here [PDF, 129K].

For any questions or request for additional details of the test design
and result please contact Tina Dam at tina.dam@xxxxxxxxxx

For further information around ICANN's IDN Program please visit
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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