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Top Level Domain Classification and Categorization

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
Expired & archived
Author Simon Higgs
Last updated 1996-11-26 (Latest revision 1996-07-23)
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This document replaces RFC 1591, with all the guidelines and procedures updated and modified in the light of experience. This document describes the types of the top level domains (TLD), and introduces new TLD classes. It also introduces new TLD names to expand and take some pressure off the international commercial namespace (.COM). This document suggests some ideas for the management of the establishment of new top level domains, some procedures for domain name registries, and some constraints on top level domain names. The guidelines and these policies are subject to revision at the direction of the IANA. The newdom, iahc-discuss and shared-tld mailing lists will be discussing these issues and may provide advice to the IANA about possible revisions. This document can be considered the base set of operational guidelines in use by all top level domain administrators and domain name registries. Additional guidelines may be imposed within a specific TLD's charter, or by a particular registry as appropriate. This document does not attempt to provide a direct solution for preventing or resolving the domain name or trademark conflicts we have recently witnessed, but it does create a foundation where


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