Mozilla Ready to Navigate to Internationalised Domain Names

Monday March 8th, 2004

A week ago, the German registry for .de names started accepting applications for internationalised domain names (IDNs), which can feature characters such as umlauted letters. Germany's DENIC follows in the footsteps of registries such as the Japan Registry Service, which has been operating IDNs since last July.

chofmann writes: "Recent Mozilla milestone releases have the support needed to support these domain names thanks to the efforts of Katsuhiko 'Kat' Momoi and others that worked towards getting this support integrated in advance of the rollout."

Meanwhile, Marcel van Beurden pointed us towards DENIC's page of browsers that support IDNs, noting that the first half of the list is made up entirely of Mozilla-based programs. Microsoft Internet Explorer requires a third-party add-on such as VeriSign's i-Nav to understand IDNs.

#13 I remember...

by MTO

Tuesday March 9th, 2004 7:09 AM

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I remember about two years ago these internatinal characters in domain names were anounced to start working very soon. Most domain registrars started selling these for all domains, including .com, .net. Even networksolutions was selling them. I myself bought one, and so far nothing has happened, only lost money. Interesting to note that some countries are using them, didnt know.