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RSSAC026v2 - RSSAC Lexicon

  • Fred Baker
  • Wes Hardaker
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Warren Kumari
  • Lars-Johan Liman
  • Daniel Migault
  • Russ Mundy
  • Karl Reuss
  • Brad Verd
  • Paul Vixie
  • Duane Wessels
ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Reports and Advisories (2020), pp. 9


The precise technical language often found in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFCs), while often providing consistency and clarity to technical communities, can sometimes be incomprehensible or misleading when used in a non-technical setting. The purpose of this document is to increase the understanding of terms used commonly when discussing the root server system to the broader ICANN community. It is not to redefine or provide guidance to any technical communities on the correct use of these terms.

This document and its terms should be useful to anyone discussing the DNS root server system. This includes the ICANN community, ICANN staff, RSSAC Caucus members and the RSSAC itself. It will be updated by the RSSAC as the vocabulary used to discuss the root server system evolves. Definitions for other DNS terms can be found in RFC 8499, DNS Terminology.

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