Root Zone Label generation rules for Malayalam released

On July 10,2019 ICANN released Label generation rules for eight scripts Devanagari, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam. Oriya, Tamil, Telugu. These rules are criteria for determining valid Domain Names for the Root Zone of the Domain Name System (DNS). The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit organization which takes care of the whole internet domain name system and registration process. Internationalized Top Level Domain Names are domain names not limited to English. [Read More]

Malayalam Script LGR rules for public review

The Malayalam and Tamil Root Zone Label Generation Rules for International Domain names have been released for public comments. See the announcement from ICANN. This was drafted by the Neo-Brahmi Script Generation Panel (NBGP), in which I am also a member. Your comments on the proposal for the Malayalam Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (LGR [XML, 18 KB] and supporting documentation [PDF, 998 KB]) can be submitted at the feedback form till Nov 7 2018. [Read More]

Identifiers In Indic Languages

Recently, while preparing a critique for IDN Policy for Malayalam language prepared by CDAC, I noticed that ICANN does not allow control characters in the domain names. Sometime back I noticed Python 3 identifiers also does not allow control characters in the Identifiers. This blog post attempts to analyze the issue by looking at the Unicode and ICANN specifications about these special characters. Apart from the existing characters in Indic languages, Zero width Joiner and Zero width non joiners are widely used in Indic languages to control how the ligatures are formed. [Read More]