ICANN Resolutions » 2010-12-10 Conclusion of Working Group on Equivalent Strings Support
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Dissolving working group and directing the establishment of the IDN Variants Project
Whereas, at its 12 March 2010 meeting, the Board established <http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-12mar10-en.htm-12> an Equivalent Strings Working Group (ES-WG) to review the issues relating to instances in the Fast Track Process where more than one official language or script exists within a country/territory, and where requests are for multiple corresponding strings that are considered equivalent, so that users of the community accessing domains under all versions of the string can expect that each of them will resolve to the same address.
Whereas, the Board directed the CEO develop (in consultation with the board ES-WG) an issues report identifying what needs to be done with the evaluation, possible delegation, allocation and operation of gTLDs containing variant character IDNs as part of the new gTLD process, at <http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-25sep10-en.htm-2.5>.
Whereas, staff have created a Study Proposal for review by the ES-WG for the development of the requested issues report, including the establishment of an IDN Variant Issues Project.
Whereas, the ES-WG recommends that the IDN Variant Issues Project be overseen and tracked by a new Board IDN Variant Working Group (BV-WG), and that this new WG be established as soon as practicable.
Whereas, the ES-WG also recommends that the CEO appoint an appropriate subject matter expert with the authority to lead and champion the planned IDN Variant Issues Project.
Whereas, the ES-WG concludes that it has completed its work on this topic, and recommends that the ES-WG be dissolved.
Resolved (2010.12.10.31), the Board directs the Board Governance Committee to establish the new Board IDN Variant Working Group (BV-WG), to oversee and track the IDN Variant Issues Project.
Resolved (2010.12.10.32), the Board directs the CEO to publish the work plan for public comment and consider changes to the work plan based on public comment.
Resolved (2010.12.10.33), the Board directs the CEO to continue proceeding with the implementation of the IDN Variant Issues Project, including the identification of an appropriate subject matter expert to lead and champion the planned Project, and the identification of funding requirements.
Resolved (2010.12.10.34), the Board hereby dissolves the Working Group on Equivalent Strings and thanks its members for their work: Dennis Jennings, Chair; Harald Alvestrand; Rod Beckstrom; Steve Crocker; Rita Rodin Johnston; Ram Mohan; Thomas Narten; Jean-Jacques Subrenat and Suzanne Woolf.