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Concept Paper on Multilingual Internet Name Consortium

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Concept Paper on Multilingual Internet Name Consortium – first draft

Multilingual names for the Internet are becoming very important now. When the Internet was created, it supported only 7-bit ASCII code, and the Domain Name System(DNS) supports alphabets, numbers and hiphone of the ASCII code.  The Internet supports other characters in many of its applications, and this movement of multilingual character support is coming to the Internet names including the domain names now.

It is very important to support the multilingual names in the Internet along other Internet inernationalization to make the Internet globally accessible and become ubiquitous.  In order to facilitate healthy development of the multilingual names, we need to coordinate its development and deployment with concentrated effort.  In order to realize this goal, one of the efforts we have to make is to form the consortium to have global coordination.

The consortium shall cooperate with the releant organizations such as IETF, W3C, ICANN, Unicode, IEEE, ISO, and ITU.

The consortium may consists of various organizations such as software companies, ISPs, regional organizations, TLD adminstrators, user organizations, and public organizations.

The multilingual names covered at the consortium include the following areas; multilingual domain names, multilingual keywords, and multilingaul directories.
The consortium’s activity may include the following areas;

   Coordination of research and development on multilingual names,
   Coordination on deployment of the multilingual names, and
   Coordination with the relevant organizations.

The initial meetings on discussion of the consortium formation would be discussed at APRICOT’2000 in February-March 2000, and Cairo ICANN Meeting in March 2000.  The consortium is expected to be formed in the second or third quarter of 2000.

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