Afnic and The Swedish Internet Foundation are continuing their joint work with the release of a new version of Zonemaster, the reference domain name checking tool.
Zonemaster analyses the configuration of a domain name (also known as a ‘zone’) against a set of tests based on Internet standards and best practices It determines if the configuration is correct and detects potential issues with the accessibility of a domain name and related services. With more than 500,000 tests run, the Zonemaster free open source tool has become a reference service among a large community of users.
The teams at The Swedish Internet Foundation and Afnic have been working together on this tool since 2013, and the partnership was recently renewed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a 3-year term. Our shared goal is to continue on this course of regular improvements to the tool in order to make it more efficient and more accessible.
This new version contains 3 main developments:
- Improved user interface for smoother orientation between the tests run
- Improved granularity of some tests for better detection of configuration errors and more detailed user report messages.
- Extended accessibility with 7 languages integrated into the tool
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.