Non-ASCII Top-Level Domains Are Coming

speter's picture

It seems as if non-ASCII TLDs are on the horizon:

http://www.kommersant.com/p1052592/Domain_registration_.ÐÔ/

(Although it seems as if my browser is turing the рф into something that looks like Vietnamese)

lunde's picture

More reading material here:

http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/
http://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables/

Dr. Ken Lunde
Senior Computer Scientist, CJKV Type Development
Adobe Systems Incorporated
lunde@adobe.com

innovati's picture

this will take phishing to a whole new level.

Theunis de Jong's picture

At least it'll bump up the economy -- every serious firm will have to register its name with Cyrillic and Greek characters ('omikron' for 'o', 'rho' for 'p', Cyrillic 's' for 'c') in every possibly configuration! The race is on -- who's first to claim "ℳiсr⒪∫◯℉τ"?

innovati's picture

but now there are SO many possibilities they'll have to cover. :(

blank's picture

ëBay.com!

lunde's picture

A friend of mine at Google puts the following in his email signature, which always gives me a chuckle:

Îñţérñåţîöñåļîžåţîöñ

The possibilities are virtually endless. ;-)

Dr. Ken Lunde
Senior Computer Scientist, CJKV Type Development
Adobe Systems Incorporated
lunde@adobe.com

innovati's picture

I think it's a huge step forward, but it will now be hard to remember some things.

resumeplanet.com and résuméplanet.com are pronounced the same, but could be totally different websites.

Also, for the most part, all websites are now somewhat readable by english speakers because of the latin alphabet. This will do a much better job at sorting geographic interest sites than using country coded TLDs.

A step sideways maybe. Arguably forward, arguably backward, but certainly progress in some direction for sure!

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