Author Topic: Arbitrary characters in domains. How much does it matter?  (Read 2496 times)

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 Having arbitrary characters in domains is not new or attractive, because many Chinese web browsers have been supporting this function since the 90s. Also, as more and more Chinese getting used to memorizing and typing alphabetic characters web address, there is no much requirement for that.
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How big of a selling point would it be to have arbitrary characters in domains? This would allow you to have domain names with chinese characters. Is this a big deal, or just a novelty? China is already used to using ASCII characters for domains, and it would add a *lot* of complexity and delay launching by quite a bit.

Actually, it wouldn't add much complexity at all Toast.  UTF8 strings in the name field are not a problem. 

Today, most DNS interfaces still don't support IDNs. Holders of IDNs need to convert their domains to what is known as Punycode in order to add them to most DNS. Punycodes are ASCII representations of domain names (e.g., xn--camtasia-5x3qu96nkem.com to represent camtasia教程网.com). They're a useful but ugly hack to make the Internet work on a system that never envisioned the global diversity and ubiquity it has obtained.
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How big of a selling point would it be to have arbitrary characters in domains? This would allow you to have domain names with chinese characters. Is this a big deal, or just a novelty? China is already used to using ASCII characters for domains, and it would add a *lot* of complexity and delay launching by quite a bit.

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