Non-ASCII Top-Level Domains Are Coming

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Steve Peter's picture
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Non-ASCII Top-Level Domains Are Coming
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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)

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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

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this will take phishing to a whole new level.

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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"?

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

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ëBay.com!

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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

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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!