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Re: International Domain Names

From: Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:56:10 +0900
Message-Id: <199912140352.MAA13538@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: "Rolfe, Russell D, ALSVC" <rrolfe@att.com>
Cc: "'www-international@w3.org'" <www-international@w3.org>
Each country has its own rules for its TLD. Some have generic
SLDs (e.g. UK, Japan), some don't (e.g. Germany, Switzerland).
The set of SLDs may differ for each country that has them, although
there is some overlap. The rules for who can register under
the country TLD or under each SLD also differ from country to
country.

Regards,   Martin.

At 16:18 1999/12/13 -0500, Rolfe, Russell D, ALSVC wrote:
> Dear all,
> 
> In the "THE MANAGEMENT OF INTERNET NAMES AND ADDRESSES:  INTELLECTUAL
> PROPERTY ISSUES, Final Report of the WIPO Internet Domain Name Process,
> http://wipo2.wipo.int, dated April 30, 1999, it states:
> 
> There are at present 243 ccTLDs (country code TOP LEVEL DOMAIN). Each of
> these domains bears a two-letter country code derived from Standard 3166 of
> the International Organization for Standardization (IS0 3166), for example
> .au (Australia), .br (Brazil), .ca (Canada), .eg (Egypt), .fr (France), .jp
> (Japan) and .za (South Africa). 
> 
> Thus the domain for a company in Japan may be:
> 
> 	company1.jp
> 	company2.jp
> 	etc.
> 
> I have also seen the following convention where domains for commercial
> entities use the following
> 
>      xxxxxxxx.co.cc 
> 
>      where  xxxxxxxx = company name
>                   cc = country code
> 
> Thus the above example would be:
> 
>      company1.co.jp
>      company2.co.jp
> 
> I have also seen .org.cc used.
> 
> My question is, Internationally which form has become the standard form for
> ccTDLs
> 
> 	1. xxxxxxx.cc     (e.g. companyname.uk)
>   or
>       2. xxxxxxx.co.cc  (e.g. companyname.co.uk)
> 
> I look forward to hearing from you all.
> 
> Thanks, Russ
>        
> 
> 
> 


#-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, World Wide Web Consortium
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