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Network Working Group                                          J. Levine
Internet-Draft                                      Taughannock Networks
Intended status: Informational                                P. Hoffman
Expires: July 25, 2013                                    VPN Consortium
                                                        January 21, 2013


     Variants in Second-Level Names Registered in Top Level Domains
                      draft-levine-tld-variant-06

Abstract

   Internationalized Domain Names for Applications (IDNA) provides a
   method to map a subset of names written in Unicode into the DNS.
   Because of Unicode decisions, appearance, language and writing system
   conventions, and historical reasons, it often has been asserted that
   there is more than one way to write what competent readers and
   writers think of as the same host name; the different ways of writing
   are often called "variants".  (The authors note that there are many
   conflicting definitions for the term "variant" in the IDNA
   community.) This document surveys the approaches that top level
   domains have taken to the registration and provisioning of domain
   names that have variants.  This document is not a product of the
   IETF, does not propose any method to make variants work "correctly",
   and is not an introduction to internationalization or IDNA.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Base Documents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Domain Practices of gTLDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  AERO  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  ASIA  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.3.  BIZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.4.  CAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.5.  COM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.6.  COOP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.7.  INFO  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.8.  JOBS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.9.  MOBI  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.10. MUSEUM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.11. NAME  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.12. NET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.13. ORG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.14. POST  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.15. PRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.16. TEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.17. TRAVEL  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.18. XXX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Domain Practices of ccTLDs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  BG  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.2.  BR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.3.  CL  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.4.  CN  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.5.  ES  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.6.  EU  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.7.  GR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.8.  IL  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.9.  IR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.10. JP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.11. KR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.12. MY  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.13. NZ  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11



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     5.14. PL  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.15. RS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.16. RU  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.17. SA  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.18. SE  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.19. TW  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.20. UA  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.21. VE  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     5.22. XN--90A3AC  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     5.23. XN--MGBERP4A5D4AR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18

1.  Introduction

   Internationalized Domain Names for Applications (IDNA) [RFC5890]
   allows host names in the DNS [RFC1035] to contain characters from the
   Unicode repertoire.  Some Unicode characters are considered to be
   "variants" of one another.  Because of the 20th century reform of
   Chinese writing, there is often more than one representation of what
   Chinese speakers think of as the same character.  Some languages
   written in Latin characters with accents and diacritical marks, known
   as decorated characters, allow the decorations to be omitted in some
   situations; for example, French sometimes omits accents on capital
   letters, depending on country and culture.  Due to the difficulty of
   representing decorated characters in ASCII systems, many users have
   informally used undecorated characters in DNS host names, even when
   they are not linguistically equivalent to the decorated versions.

   There is no single agreed-on definition of "variant".  In IDN Variant
   TLDs [VARIANTTLDS], ICANN says that variants "occur when a single
   conceptual character can be identified with two or more different
   Unicode Code Points with graphic representations that may be visually
   similar".  In ICANN's IDN Variant Issues Project report [VIPREPORT],
   it says in part "There is today no fully accepted definition for what
   may constitute a variant relationship between top-level labels".  RFC
   3743 [RFC3743] (an Informational RFC, not the product of the IETF),
   say that the idea of variants is "wherein one conceptual character
   can be identified with several different Code Points in character
   sets for computer use".

   The proper handing of variant names has been a topic of extensive
   debate and research, with little consensus reached on how to handle
   them, or even what characters are variants of each other.  Many
   people would like variant names to behave "the same", for a diverse



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   range of meanings of "same."  In some cases it is a textual
   similarity, such as variants having corresponding DNS records, in
   some it is functional similarity, such as variant names resolving to
   the same web server, while in others it is user experience
   similarity, such as names resolving to web sites which while not
   identical are perceived by human users as equivalent.

   This document provides a snapshot of variant handling in the top
   level domains contracted by ICANN, so-called gTLDs (generic TLDs) and
   sTLDs (sponsored TLDs), as of late 2012.  We chose those domains
   because ICANN requires each TLD to describe its IDN and variant
   practices, and the TLD zone files are available for inspection, to
   verify what actually goes into the zones.  This document also
   contains a small sampling of so-called ccTLDs (country code TLDs, the
   TLDs that consist of two ASCII letters) for which we could find
   information.

   Since "variant" can mean vastly different things to different people,
   there is also no agreement about when two zones are supposed to
   "behave the same".  Also, the gTLDs and sTLDs might have different
   views of what variants are and are not required to report to ICANN
   about their policies.

2.  Terminology

   We use some terminology that has become generally agreed to when
   discussing variant names, although we openly admit that such
   agreement is not complete, and the terminology continues to change.

   Bundle: The IDN practices documents (see below) can identify sets of
      code points that are considered variants of each other using
      Language Variant Tables, defined in [RFC3743].  A set of names in
      which the characters in each position are variants is known as a
      bundle, or more technically as an "IDL Package".  The variant
      rules vary among languages, and for the same language can vary
      among TLDs.  Many languages do not define variant characters, and
      hence do not have bundles.

   Allocated: A name is allocated if sponsorship of that label in some
      zone has been granted.  This is similar to what many people refer
      to as "registered".

   Active: A name is active if it appears as an owner name in a zone.
      Most allocated names are active, but some are not.

   Blocked: Some names cannot be registered at all.  For example, some
      registries allow one name in a bundle to be registered, and block
      the rest.



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   Withheld: Some names can only be allocated under certain conditions.
      For example, some registries permit only the registrant of one
      name in a bundle to register or activate other names in the same
      bundle.

   Parallel NS: Multiple names in a bundle are provisioned in the TLD
      with identical NS records, so they all are handled by the same
      name servers.

   DNAME aliasing: The DNAME [RFC6672] DNS record creates a shadow tree
      of DNS records, roughly as though there were a CNAME in the shadow
      tree pointing to each name in the target tree.  DNAMEs have been
      used both to provide resolution for several names in a bundle, and
      to provide resolution for every name under a TLD.

3.  Base Documents

   ICANN has published a variety of documents on variant management.
   The most important are the "Guidelines for the Implementation of
   Internationalized Domain Names" issued in Version 1.0 [G1] and
   Version 3.0 [G3].

   ICANN says that TLDs are supposed to register an IDN practices
   document with IANA for each language and/or script in which the TLD
   accepts IDN registrations, to be entered in the IANA Repository of
   IDN Practices [IANAIDN].  The practices document lists the Unicode
   characters allowed in names in the language or script, which
   characters are considered equivalent, and which of an equivalent
   group is preferred.  Some TLDs have been more diligent than others at
   keeping the registry up to date.  Also, some TLDs have tables for a
   few languages and scripts, while others (notably .COM, .NET, and
   .NAME) have a large set of tables, including some for languages and
   scripts that are no longer spoken or used, such as Runic and Ogham.
   The authors also note that many of the tables in the IANA registry
   are clearly out of date, containing URLs of policy pages that no
   longer exist and contact information for people who have left the
   registry.

   Some of the ICANN agreements with each TLD [ICANNAGREE] describe the
   TLD's IDN practices, but most don't.

4.  Domain Practices of gTLDs

   This list covers the most of the current set of gTLDs.  In most
   cases, the authors have also checked the zone files for the gTLD to
   verify or augment the policy description.

4.1.  AERO



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   The .AERO TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

4.2.  ASIA

   The .ASIA domain accepts registrations in many Asian languages.  They
   have IANA tables for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.  The IANA tables
   refer to their CJK IDN policies [ASIACJK], which say that applied-for
   and preferred IDN variants are "active and included in the zone."  No
   IDN publication mechanism is described in the documentation, but
   since the zone file contains no DNAMEs, they must be using parallel
   NS for variants.

4.3.  BIZ

   ICANN gave the registry (Neustar) non-specific permission to register
   IDNs in a letter in 2004 [TWOMEY04A].  The IDN rules were apparently
   discussed with ICANN, but not defined; see Appendix 9 of the registry
   agreement [ICANNBIZ9].

   They have about a dozen IANA tables.  No IDN publication mechanism is
   described, but from inspection it appears that variants are blocked.

4.4.  CAT

   The IDN rules are described in Appendix S Part VII.2 [ICANNCATS] of
   the ICANN agreement.  "Registry will take a very cautious approach in
   its IDN offerings.  IDNs will be bundled with the equivalent ASCII
   domains."  The only language is Catalan.  No IDN publication
   mechanism is described.

   Appendix S includes "The list of non-ASCII-characters for Catalan
   language and their ASCII equivalent for the purposes of the defined
   service" which implicitly describes bundles.  The bundles consist of
   names with accented and unaccented vowels, U+00E7 ("c with cedilla")
   and a plain c, and the Catalan "ela geminada" written as two l's
   separated by a U+00B7 ("middle dot") and the three characters "l-l".

   When a registrant registers an IDN, the registry also includes the
   ASCII version.  From inspection of the zone file, the ASCII version
   is provisioned with NS, and the IDN is a DNAME alias of the ASCII
   version.

4.5.  COM

   ICANN and Verisign have extensive correspondence about IDNs and
   variants, including letters to ICANN from Ben Turner [TURNER03] and
   Ed Lewis [LEWIS03].




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   The IANA registry has tables for several dozen languages, including
   archaic languages such as hieroglyphics and Aramaic.  Verisign
   publishes documents describing Scripts and Languages [VRSNLANG],
   Character Variants [VRSNCHAR], Registration Rules [VRSNRULES], and
   additional registration logic [VRSNADDL].

   In Chinese, variants are blocked (see [VRSNADDL]).  In other
   languages there is no bundling or blocking.

4.6.  COOP

   The .COOP TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

4.7.  INFO

   The IANA registry has a table for German.  The German table notes
   that "the Eszet ... character used in the German script will be
   mapped to a double s string (i.e.  ss)."  The domain also offers
   names in Greek, Russian, Arabic, Korean, and other languages.  The
   list and IDN tables are onthe registry's web site [INFOTABLES].

   Afilias says (not in a published policy) that it does not allow
   Korean characters with different widths, and that there are no
   variants in .INFO.

   The registry agreement Appendix 9 [ICANNINFO9] refers to a 2003
   letter from Paul Twomey [TWOMEY03] that refers to blocking variants.

4.8.  JOBS

   The .JOBS TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

4.9.  MOBI

   The zone file has about 22,000 IDNs.  Afilias says (not in a
   published policy) that .MOBI supports Simplified Chinese only and
   that the language table for this is the same as that used by .CN.
   Variant characters are blocked from registration.  The domain has no
   tables at IANA.  The registry agreement Appendix S [ICANNMOBIS] says
   that IDNs are provisioned according to [G1].

4.10.  MUSEUM

   The zone file has many IDNs, but spot checks find that many are lame
   or dead.  A 2004 letter from Paul Twomey [TWOMEY04] refers to [G1].

   The registry has a detailed policy page [MUSEUMPOLICY].  IDNs are
   accepted in Latin and Hebrew scripts, with plans for Arabic, Chinese,



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   Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, and Greek.  They do no bundling or
   blocking, but names that may be confusable due to visual similarity
   are not allowed, apparently determined by manual inspection, which is
   practical due to the very small size of the domain.

4.11.  NAME

   The NAME TLD is managed the same as .COM.

4.12.  NET

   The NET TLD is managed the same as .COM.

4.13.  ORG

   A 2003 letter from Paul Twomey [TWOMEY03A] refers to [G1].  The
   registry has a list of IDN languages [PIRIDN], several written in
   Latin script, plus Chinese and Korean.  A Questions page [PIRFAQ]
   states that Chinese names have been accepted since January 2010, and
   Cyrillic names in seven languages since February 2011.  The practices
   for some but not all of the Latin languages all are registered with
   IANA.

   A Chinese language policy form on the PIR web site says that the ZH-
   CN and ZH-TW IDNs use the corresponding ccTLD tables from IANA, and
   check boxes say that Variant Registration Polices and Variant
   Management Policies are applicable, but don't say what those policies
   are.

   Private correspondence [CHANDIWALA12] describes not-yet-public rules
   for variants in Chinese and Cyrillic in .ORG that restrict the number
   of variants that a registration can have.

   The Korean language policy form says it uses the KRNIC table for
   Korean from IANA, that there are no variants.

4.14.  POST

   The .POST TLD appears to have no registrations at all yet.

4.15.  PRO

   The .PRO TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

4.16.  TEL

   The zone has many IDNs.  It is probably operating according to a 2004
   letter from Paul Twomey [TWOMEY04A] to Neustar which did not mention



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   specific TLDs.  Its policy page [TELPOLICY] has links to IDN
   practices for 17 languages, all but one of which are registered with
   IANA.  None of the Latin scripts do bundling or blocking.  The
   Japanese practices say that variants are blocked.  The Chinese
   practices document says:

      Therefore, in addition to the blocking mechanism, bundling is also
      implemented for the Chinese language IDNs.  When registering a
      Chinese language IDN (primary domain name) up to two additional
      variant domain names will be automatically registered.  The first
      variant will consist entirely of simplified Chinese characters
      that correspond to those comprising the primary domain name.  The
      second variant will consist exclusively of traditional Chinese
      characters that correspond to those comprising the primary domain
      name.

      The primary domain name together with the requested variants
      constitutes a bundle on which all operations are atomic.  For
      example, if the registrant adds a name server to the primary
      domain name, all names in the bundle will be associated with that
      new name server.

   The zone has no DNAME records, so the second paragraph strongly
   suggests parallel NS.

   The .TEL TLD, intended as an online directory, does not allow
   registrants to enter arbitrary RR's in the zone.  Nearly all names
   have NS records pointing to Telnic's own name servers.  The A records
   all point to Telnic's own web server that shows directory
   information.  NAPTR records provide the telephone number of
   registrants for whom they have one.  Users can only directly
   provision MX records.  Except that there are 16 domains, none of
   which are IDNs, that point to random other name servers and mostly
   appear to be parked.

4.17.  TRAVEL

   The .TRAVEL TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

4.18.  XXX

   The .XXX TLD has no IDNs, and no rules or practices for them.

5.  Domain Practices of ccTLDs







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   Some ccTLDs publish their IDN policies.  This section is a non-
   exhaustive sampling of some of those policies.  Note that few ccTLDs
   make their zone files available, so the authors could not validate
   the policies by looking in the zone files.

5.1.  BG

   The .BG TLD (for Bulgaria) publishes a policy page [BGPOLICY].  It
   has published an IDN table for the Bulgarian and Russian languages in
   [IANAIDN].  The policy does not mention variants.

5.2.  BR

   The .BR TLD (for Brazil) publishes a policy page [BRPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Portuguese language in [IANAIDN].
   Although the IDN table does not describe variants, the policy page
   says that bundles consist of names that are the same disregarding
   accents on vowels, cedillas on letter "c", and inserted or deleted
   hyphens.  Only the registrant of a name in a bundle can register
   other names from the same bundle.

5.3.  CL

   The .CL TLD (for Chile) publishes a policy page [CLPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Latin script in [IANAIDN].  The policy
   says that variants are not considered for registration.

5.4.  CN

   The .CN TLD (for China) publishes its policy as [RFC4713].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Chinese laguage in [IANAIDN].  The
   policy says that variants are "added into the zone file", presumably
   as NS records.

5.5.  ES

   The .ES TLD (for Spain) publishes an IDN Area page [ESIDN].  It
   allows ten accented vowels, U+00E7 ("c with cedilla"), U+00F1 ("n
   with tilde"), and the Catalan "ela geminada" written as two l's
   separated by a U+00B7 ("middle dot").  There are no published IDN
   tables, and there appears to be no variant policy.

5.6.  EU

   The .EU TLD (for Europe) publishes a policy page [EUPOLICY].  It has
   published IDN tables for three scripts in [IANAIDN].  There appears
   to be no variant policy.




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5.7.  GR

   The .GR TLD (for Greece) publishes a policy page [GRPOLICY] and an
   FAQ [GRFAQ].  The policy says that all variants of name uder .GR are
   assigned to the domain owner, with the zone pointing the NS records
   of all the variants to the name server of the "main form" of the
   registered name.  The FAQ says that domain names in Greek characters
   are inserted in the zone using their non-punctuated form in Punycode,
   and that the punctuated form is associated with the non-punctuated
   with a DNAME record.  It does not publish IDN tables in [IANAIDN].

5.8.  IL

   The .IL TLD (for Israel) publishes a policy page [ILPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Hebrew language in [IANAIDN].  There
   is no variant policy.

5.9.  IR

   The .IR TLD (for Iran) publishes a policy page [IRPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Persian language in [IANAIDN].  The
   IDN table says that it will block registration of variants.  However,
   the policy document says that no IDNs can be registered in .IR.

5.10.  JP

   The .JP TLD (for Japan) publishes a policy page [JPPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Japanese language in [IANAIDN].  Each
   code point in that table defines no variants, which means there are
   no variants in registration or resolution..

5.11.  KR

   The .KR TLD (for Korea) appears to only publish its policy as an IDN
   table for the Korean language in [IANAIDN].  The policy in that table
   does not discuss variants.

5.12.  MY

   The .MY TLD (for Malaysia) appears to only publish its policy as an
   IDN table for the Jawi language in [IANAIDN]; however, IANA lists
   that as a table for the "Malay microlanguage".  The policy in that
   table does not discuss variants.

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   The .NZ TLD (for New Zealand) publishes a policy page [NZPOLICY].  It
   has published IDN tables for the Latin script in [IANAIDN].  The
   policy does not discuss variants.

5.14.  PL

   The .PL TLD (for Poland) publishes a policy page [PLPOLICY].  It has
   published IDN tables for numerous European languages in [IANAIDN].
   The policy says that it will block registration of "look-alike"
   variants.

5.15.  RS

   The .RS TLD (for Serbia) publishes a policy page [RSPOLICY].  It has
   published IDN tables for the Serbian and Russian languages, and the
   Latin script, in [IANAIDN].  The policy does not discuss variants.

5.16.  RU

   The .RU TLD (for Russia) appears to only publish its policy as an IDN
   table for the Russian language in [IANAIDN].  The policy in that
   table does not discuss variants.

5.17.  SA

   The .SA TLD (for Saudi Arabia) publishes a policy page [SAPOLICY].
   It has published an IDN table for the Arabic language in [IANAIDN].
   The policy permits the registration of variants, but it is not clear
   whether others can register names with variants if the owner of a
   name has not registered them.

5.18.  SE

   The .SE TLD (for Sweden) publishes a policy page [SEPOLICY].  It has
   published IDN tables for the Swedish and Yiddish languages, and the
   Latin script, in [IANAIDN].  The policy does not discuss variants.

5.19.  TW

   The .TW TLD (for Taiwan) appears to only publish its policy as an IDN
   table for the Chinese language in [IANAIDN].  The policy in that
   table does not discuss variants.

5.20.  UA

   The .UA TLD (for Ukraine) publishes a policy page [UAPOLICY].  It has
   published an IDN table for the Cyrillic script in [IANAIDN].  The
   policy does not discuss variants.



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5.21.  VE

   The .VE TLD (for Venezuela) appears to only publish its policy as an
   IDN table for the Spanish language in [IANAIDN].  The policy in that
   table does not discuss variants.

5.22.  XN--90A3AC

   The .XN--90A3AC TLD (for Serbia) (U+0441 U+0440 U+0431) publishes a
   policy page [RSIDNPOLICY].  It has published IDN tables for the
   Cyrillic script in [IANAIDN].  The policy does not discuss variants.

5.23.  XN--MGBERP4A5D4AR

   The .XN--MGBERP4A5D4AR TLD (for Saudi Arabia) (U+0627 U+0644 U+0633
   U+0639 U+0648 U+062F U+064A U+0629) appears to only publish its
   policy as an IDN table for the Arabic script in [IANAIDN].  The
   policy permits the registration of variants, but it is not clear
   whether others can register names with variants if the owner of a
   name has not registered them.

6.  Acknowledgements

   Many people contributed to this document, particularly Nacho Amadoz,
   Marc Blanchet, Michelle Coon, Jordi Iparraguirre, Frederico A C
   Neves, Vaggelis Segredakis, Doron Shikmoni, Andrew Sullivan, Dennis
   Tan, and Joseph Yee.

7.  IANA Considerations

   This document discusses some of what is in an IANA registry, but
   otherwise has no IANA considerations, so this section should be
   removed before publication as an RFC.

8.  Security Considerations

   There are many potential security considerations for various methods
   of dealing with IDN variants.  However, this document is only a
   catalog of current variant policies, not of whether or not they are
   good or bad ideas from a security standpoint.  The documents in the
   Terminology section earlier have a little discusion of security
   considerations for IDN variants.

9.  References

   [ASIACJK]  DotAsia Organisation, ".ASIA CJK (Chinese Japanese Korean)
              IDN Policies", May 2011, <http://dot.asia/policies/
              DotAsia-CJK-IDN-Policies-COMPLETE--2011-05-04.pdf>.



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   [BGPOLICY]
              Register.bg, "Terms And Conditions For Domain Name
              Registration And Support In The .Bg Zone And The Sub-
              Zones", August 2011, <https://www.register.bg/user/static/
              rules/en/index.html>.

   [BRPOLICY]
              Registro.br, "Domains in .br", September 2011, <http://
              registro.br/dominio/regras.html>.

   [CHANDIWALA12]
              Chandiwala, S., "Letter from Sadik Chandiwala to John
              Levine", December 2012.

   [CLPOLICY]
              NIC Chile, "Syntax Rules For Domain Names Under .CL",
              August 2005, <http://www.nic.cl/CL-IDN-policy.html>.

   [ESIDN]    Red.es, "IDN area", , <http://www.nic.es/section/
              index.action?sec=1127&request_locale=en>.

   [EUPOLICY]
              EURid, ".eu Domain Name Registration Terms and
              Conditions", December 2009, <http://link.eurid.eu/trm-
              con>.

   [G1]       ICANN, "Guidelines for the Implementation of
              Internationalized Domain Names, Version 1.0", , <http://
              www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/idn-guidelines-
              20jun03-en.htm>.

   [G3]       ICANN, "Guidelines for the Implementation of
              Internationalized Domain Names, Version 3.0", , <http://
              www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/idn-guidelines-
              02sep11-en.htm>.

   [GRFAQ]    Foundation for Reaserch and Technology - Hellas,
              "Frequently Asked Questions regarding [.gr] Domain Name
              registrations", 2012, <https://grweb.ics.forth.gr/
              faq.jsp?lang=en>.

   [GRPOLICY]
              Foundation for Reaserch and Technology - Hellas,
              "Regulation on Management and Assignment of [.gr] Domain
              Names", 2012, <https://grweb.ics.forth.gr/tomcat_docs/
              AP592_012_2011_.pdf>.





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   [IANAIDN]  IANA, "Repository of IDN Practices", , <http://
              www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables>.

   [ICANNAGREE]
              ICANN, "ICANN Registry agreements", , <http://
              www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries>.

   [ICANNBIZ9]
              ICANN, "Appendix 9 of ICANN .BIZ Registry agreement", Dec
              2006, <http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries
              /biz/appendix-09-08dec06-en.htm>.

   [ICANNCATS]
              ICANN, "Appendix S of ICANN .CAT Registry agreement", Mar
              2006, <http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries
              /cat/cat-appendixs-22mar06-en.htm>.

   [ICANNINFO9]
              ICANN, "Appendix 9 of ICANN .INFO Registry agreement", Dec
              2006, <http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/info/
              appendix-09-08dec06.htm>.

   [ICANNMOBIS]
              ICANN, "Appendix S of ICANN .MOBI Registry agreement", Nov
              2005, <http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries
              /mobi/mobi-appendixs-23nov05-en.htm>.

   [ILPOLICY]
              Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL), "Rules for the
              Allocation of Domain Names Under the Israel Country Code
              Top Level Domain ("IL ")", August 2010, <http://
              www.isoc.org.il/domains/il-domain-rules.html>.

   [INFOTABLES]
              Afilias, "Internationalized Domain Names", 2006, <http://
              info.info/information/internationalized-domain-names>.

   [IRPOLICY]
              IPM/IRNIC, "Internationalized Domain Names in IR", August
              2010, <http://www.nic.ir/Internationalized_Domain_Names>.

   [JPPOLICY]
              JPRS, "Technology bylaws regarding generic domain name
              registration JP", July 2012, <http://jprs.jp/doc/rule/
              saisoku-1-wideusejp.html>.






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   [LEWIS03]  Lewis, E., "Letter from Ed Lewis to Paul Twomey", Oct
              2003, <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/lewis-
              to-twomey-13oct03-en.htm>.

   [MUSEUMPOLICY]
              Musedoma, "Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) in .museum
              - Policies and terms of use", Jan 2009, <http://
              about.museum/idn/idnpolicy.html>.

   [NZPOLICY]
              .nz Registry Services, "Internationalised Domain Names
              (IDN)", July 2010, <http://nzrs.net.nz/dns/idn>.

   [PIRFAQ]   Public Interest Registry, "Internationalized Domain Name
              (IDN) Questions", 2010, <http://www.pir.org/why/global/
              idn>.

   [PIRIDN]   Public Interest Registry, "Go Global", Jan 2009, <http://
              www.pir.org/why/global>.

   [PLPOLICY]
              NASK (PL-TLD), "Registering Internationalized Domain Names
              under .PL", July 2012, <http://www.dns.pl/IDN/idn-
              registration-policy.txt>.

   [RFC1035]  Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - implementation and
              specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, November 1987.

   [RFC3743]  Konishi, K., Huang, K., Qian, H., and Y. Ko, "Joint
              Engineering Team (JET) Guidelines for Internationalized
              Domain Names (IDN) Registration and Administration for
              Chinese, Japanese, and Korean", RFC 3743, April 2004.

   [RFC4713]  Lee, X., Mao, W., Chen, E., Hsu, N., and J. Klensin,
              "Registration and Administration Recommendations for
              Chinese Domain Names", RFC 4713, October 2006.

   [RFC5890]  Klensin, J., "Internationalized Domain Names for
              Applications (IDNA): Definitions and Document Framework",
              RFC 5890, August 2010.

   [RFC6672]  Rose, S. and W. Wijngaards, "DNAME Redirection in the
              DNS", RFC 6672, June 2012.

   [RSIDNPOLICY]
              RNIDS, "Internationalized Domain Names(IDN) in xn--90a3ac
              ccTLD", October 2011, <http://www.rnids.rs/data/DOKUMENTI/
              idn-srb-policy-termsofuse-v1.4-eng.pdf>.



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   [RSPOLICY]
              RNIDS, "General Terms And Conditions For Registration of
              .rs Domain Names", June 2009, <http://www.rnids.rs/data/
              DOKUMENTI/Opsti%20akti/list0029_en.pdf>.

   [SAPOLICY]
              Saudi Network Information Center, "Permitted Characters
              and Symbols", December 2010, <http://nic.sa/docs/
              Saudi_Domain_Name_Registration_Regulation_V3.0_EN.pdf>.

   [SEPOLICY]
              .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation),
              "Registration instructions", 2012, <https://www.iis.se/
              english/register/idn/>.

   [TELPOLICY]
              Telnic, ".TEL Policies", Jan 2007, <http://www.telnic.org/
              policies.html>.

   [TURNER03]
              Turner, B., "Letter from Ben Turner to Paul Twomey", Nov
              2003, <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/turner-
              to-twomey-17nov03-en.htm>.

   [TWOMEY03A]
              Twomey, P., "Letter from Paul Twomey to Edward Viltz", Oct
              2003, <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/twomey-
              to-viltz-21oct03-en.htm>.

   [TWOMEY03]
              Twomey, P., "Letter from Paul Twomey to Ram Mohan", Aug
              2003, <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/twomey-
              to-mohan-19aug03-en.htm>.

   [TWOMEY04A]
              Twomey, P., "Letter from Paul Twomey to Richard Tindal",
              July 2004, <http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/twomey-
              to-tindal-29jul04.pdf>.

   [TWOMEY04]
              Twomey, P., "Letter from Paul Twomey to Cary Karp", Jan
              2004, <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/twomey-
              to-karp-20jan04-en.htm>.

   [UAPOLICY]
              UA ccTLD, "Registration Schedule of IDN-domains", October
              2010, <http://www.hostmaster.ua/idn/>.




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   [VARIANTTLDS]
              ICANN, "IDN Variant TLDs", , <http://www.icann.org/en/
              resources/idn/variant-tlds>.

   [VIPREPORT]
              ICANN, "A Study of Issues Related to the Management of IDN
              Variant TLDs (Integrated Issues Report)", , <http://
              www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/idn-vip-integrated-issues-
              final-clean-20feb12-en.pdf>.

   [VRSNADDL]
              Verisign, "Additional Logic", , <http://
              www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-
              name-services/domain-information-center/idn-code-points/
              additional-logic/index.xhtml>.

   [VRSNCHAR]
              Verisign, "Character Variants", , <http://
              www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-
              name-services/domain-information-center/idn-resources/
              character-variants/index.xhtml>.

   [VRSNLANG]
              Verisign, "Scripts and Languages", , <http://
              www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-
              name-services/domain-information-center/idn-resources/
              scripts-languages/index.xhtml>.

   [VRSNRULES]
              Verisign, "Registration Rules", , <http://
              www.verisigninc.com/en_US/products-and-services/domain-
              name-services/domain-information-center/idn-code-points/
              registration-rules/index.xhtml>.

Authors' Addresses

   John Levine
   Taughannock Networks

   Email: standards@taugh.com


   Paul Hoffman
   VPN Consortium

   Email: paul.hoffman@vpnc.org>




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