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The .alt Special-Use Top-Level Domain

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Subject: Protocol Action: 'The ALT Special Use Top Level Domain' to Proposed Standard (draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-25.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'The ALT Special Use Top Level Domain'
  (draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-25.txt) as Proposed Standard

This document is the product of the Domain Name System Operations Working

The IESG contact persons are Warren Kumari and Robert Wilton.

A URL of this Internet-Draft is:

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Technical Summary

   This document reserves a TLD label, "alt" to be used in non-DNS
   contexts.  It also provides advice and guidance to developers
   developing alternative namespaces.

Working Group Summary

  The WG consensus on the merits of the .alt proposal is reasonably
  strong. It deals with a fairly esoteric subject, so many participants
  in DNSOP didn't have strong views.  No one thinks it's a perfect
  solution to the problem it describes. However, there's consensus that
  it's likely to help future protocol designers, potentially including
  some in the IETF and some outside.
  Regarding controversy, some participants felt it would not be appropriate
  for the IETF to consider a proposal that they believed was properly in the
  remit of ICANN as maintainer of the public DNS root zone. However, this was
  eventually solved by being appropriately restricted about the scope of
  the draft and the WG's job. The proposal relates only to protocols
  that are not the DNS, but use domain names; and there is a liaison
  relationship in place between the IETF and ICANN to handle any needed
  clarifications.  The WG was only obligated to consider the proposal on
  the merits.

  During IETF LC, a liaison statement was sent to ICANN to inform them of the
  documents progress and to indicate how to provide comments during the last
  call process.  After the IETF LC period had ended, a liaison response was
  received from ICANN, indicating that they appreciated the opportunity to
  comment on the document, but had no comments to make.

Document Quality

   The document is short, well written, and likely pretty widely reviewed.
   The document quality is good.


   The Document Shepherd for this document is Suzanne Woolf.
   The Responsible Area Director is Robert Wilton.

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