Dec 5, 2006 : IDN Laboratory Test Design Plans

December 5, 2006 -

The comment period ends on 19 December 2006 at 12:00 UTC.

Following the engagement of Autonomica AB, as announced on 19 October 2006, ICANN is pleased to provide more detailed information about the IDN test plans.

The IDN testing plans are divided into two phases. The first phase includes laboratory testing that is designed to clarify and document any issues that may arise, if any, when inserting puny-code strings representing top level domains into the root zone. The second phase is an expansion of the laboratory test and will function as a pre-deployment testing primarily for application and user-interface testing.

In relation to the laboratory test ICANN is pleased to make the draft laboratory test design available as developed by Autonomica. The test will include insertion of punycode strings into a replication of the root zone in a laboratory environment.

The draft design can be found here [PDF, 58K].

Appendix A to the test design contains a list of those punycode strings that will be used in this test. The Presidents Advisory Committee for IDNs (IDN-PAC) developed the criteria for creation of the test strings. A working group was formed following the Morocco IDN-PAC meeting in June 2006. The working group developed the supporting documentation available here [PDF, 515K]. The result of the working groups work is the list of punycode strings that was provided to Autonomica AB for the laboratory test.

Looking forward consultation with the IDN-PAC, the RSSAC, and other parts of the technical community in relation to the phase two of the technical test work. ICANN will provide reports on this work as material is being developed.

ICANN invites the community to provide comments on the test design supplied by Autonomica. At this early stage, Autonomica has performed a feasibility test based on the draft design plans. The result of the feasibility test was successful, i.e. there were no deleterious effects seen due to insertion of punycode strings into simulated root zone. After the public comment period is over, a final version of the test design will be published after which the complete testing will be conducted.

ICANN also invites those wishing to do so to replicate the prescribed test. Any results provided to ICANN of such work will be made publicly available at In addition any IDN related information is available through the corresponding RSS feed, which can be found together with all IDN announcement at:

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The comment period ends on 19 December 2006 at 12:00 UTC.

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