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SaudiNIC’s Experiences in Registering ADN Under ( .السعودية ). Anas Assiri, SaudiNIC anas@isu.net.sa IP Strategies and IDN Issues Workshop , Damascus (Syria) 16-18 May 2006. Agenda. Introduction Accomplishments Policies and regulations Requirements Technical Issues Statistics ?????????

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saudinic s experiences in registering adn under

SaudiNIC’s Experiences in Registering ADNUnder ( .السعودية)

Anas Assiri, SaudiNIC

anas@isu.net.sa

IP Strategies and IDN Issues Workshop , Damascus (Syria) 16-18 May 2006

agenda
Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Accomplishments
  • Policies and regulations
  • Requirements
  • Technical Issues
  • Statistics ?????????
  • Lesson learned
introduction
Introduction
  • SaudiNIC has opened the registration of Arabic domain names under (.السعودية) for test purposes on:
    • 26/9/2005 (22/8/1426 H)
  • Following the regulations of the Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project (www.arabic-domains.org)
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • Writing registration policies for Arabic domains (.السعودية).
  • Publishing a section in SaudiNIC website about ADNs:
    • http://www.nic.net.sa/adn.php
  • Building forms and tools for handling ADN requests.
    • Online form for submitting registration requests.
    • Online form for instant modification.
    • Whois service.
    • Zone builder for (السعودية).
    • ADN Registration System.
    • Provide domain hosting choices for ADN.
  • Making announcements through the media regarding
    • Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project
    • The launching date for accepting Arabic domains requests under (.السعودية)
policies and regulations
Policies and Regulations
  • Governed by the policies and regulations of the ADNPP
  • Utilize the .SA policies as a template for the Arabic domains
  • Flat Registration under (السعودية)
  • First come first serve
  • Domain names format (based on the ADNPP guidelines) :
    • Length from 3 to 30 (approximate).
    • Consists of the main 28 Arabic letters and their possible shapes.
      • U0621-U063A + U0641-U064A
    • Use Dash (-) as word separators.
    • Domain should start with the entity type or activities
      • وزارة – إدارة – مجموعة – شركة – مدرسة – مستشفى – نادي – شبكة
    • Match spelling and grammar rules (manually).
    • No registration for persons (temporary).
    • Not permitted:
      • Mixing between languages and scripts.
      • Kasheeda(التطويلة)
      • Tashkeel (diacritica) and Shaddah
      • Numbers (temporary)
      • Character folding
      • Combining many Arabic words without separator.
registration requirements procedure
RegistrationRequirements & Procedure
  • Requirements:
    • Having an active .sa domain name.
    • Filling the online form.
    • Sending a conformation letter to SaudiNIC.
      • Confirm reading the policies!
  • Procedure:
    • Reading and agreeing on SaudiNIC ADN Policies.
    • Choosing appropriate Arabic domain names
      • Guidelines that helps choosing Arabic domain name.
    • Filling the online application form.
technical issues
Technical Issues
  • Domain name hosting choices :
    • URL forwarding/Redirecting (shared hosting)
    • IP addressing (dedicated/IP-based hosting)
    • Pointing to name servers (full DNS hosting)
      • If ISP familiar with IDN/ADN
  • Use UTF-8 for all data.
  • Store the puny-code for the ADN.
learned lessons
Learned Lessons
  • Users submit many requests for Arabic domains:
    • With Arabic spelling Mistakes!
    • With English pronunciation in Arabic letters.
    • Popular and general names of future selling purposes.
  • Some Obstacles:
    • Difficult to coordinate and make every ISP to join the project so users can reach AND
      • Project can not expand without Word-wide Root server.
    • Many users are using Microsoft IE (Ver. 6 or less) browser which does not support IDN
      • IE 7 will support it.
thanks
Thanks

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