There are 11 "test" top level domains (TLDs) in the ICANN/NTIA/Verisign domain name system (DNS) root. (See Root Zone Database and click on the "IDNs" tab.)
Those TLDs were put there to perform testing of the internationalized domain name (IDN) concept.
Time has advanced; IDNs are not longer a test concept, yet the "test" TLDs remain.
It seems to me that unless they can enunciate some compelling reasons why to retain them that ICANN and/or IANA ought to remove those "test" TLDs.Posted by karl at July 24, 2011 11:34 PM