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Input on the IDN issue

  • To: idn-cctld-issues@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Input on the IDN issue
  • From: Alexey Mykhaylov <alexey@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 18:14:47 -0800



This is great that opinion of the international community is asked by ccNSO
Council in regards to the selection of the IDN ccTLDs.


Our company, Center of Ukrainian Internet Names (aka Ukrnames), is
particularly interested in this matter, as we are starting domain
registrations in Ukraine, and would like to play the active role in the IDN
TLD registrations.


In this comment we would like to briefly describe the background relevant to
the Request to Provide Input to Issue Report on Introduction of IDN ccTLDs
and suggest possible options.


We believe that currently there are 3 the most obvious alternatives for the
Ukrainian IDN ccTLD:


1)    ".УА" which is a transliteration of the Ukrainian ISO 3166-1 country
code UA.

2)    ".УКР" which is the first three letters of the word Ukraine and one of
the most popular abbreviations that describes something Ukrainian. 

3)    ".УК" which is built of first two characters of the words Ukraine and
Ukrainian in the national language.


".УКР" is a good choice in terms of phonetics and perception by
Ukrainian-speaking people. Historically it has been used to describe
something that is associated with Ukraine and, for example, many companies
and organizations that would like to highlight their Ukrainian origins
prefix their name with "УКР". It also appeals both to Ukrainian and Russian
speaking Ukrainians, because it has the same use and meaning in these two
major languages used inside the country.


Though UA is a relatively newer code, due to the fact that current Ukrainian
TLD is .UA and the term UANET a popular nickname describing the Ukrainian
Internet community, we believe ".УА" is a good option, especially
considering the fact that acceptance of the two-letter ISO 3166-1
transliterations across the board for IDN ccTLDs might be the least
debatable resolution by ICANN.  


".УК" is another two-letter code that represents first two characters of the
words Ukraine and Ukrainian in national language.


We would be glad to provide further comments on the matter would it be
requested by the Council.


Best regards,

Alexey Mykhaylov

Center of Ukrainian Internet Names (aka Ukrnames)


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