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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.


#22 Re: All fine and dandy

by Gnu

Tuesday March 9th, 2004 5:35 PM

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The hostnames basically translate to an ASCII equivalent -- that's why it still works with existing DNS structures. Besides, if you <i>really</i> want to type in a URL named with a character set you can't understand (much less type), cut-and-paste will still work just fine on most Unicode-enabled systems.