One country, many internationalized domain names


If you want to know more about Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), UNESCO and EURid recently published a report on the evolution and challenges of IDNs.

It’s a good read and highlights some of the struggles countries and registries face that incorporate IDNs. Although Russia has so far proven to be a major success story – with over 800,000 IDN registrations to date (and counting) – most other IDNs still have a long way to go. . Arabic IDNs in particular face an uphill battle as web browsers offer poor (and inconsistent) support for them.

I noticed in the report that not all India IDNs were displayed correctly. Here is a screenshot of our IDN Poster which illustrates the wealth of scripts used in India, as illustrated by the country’s seven (yes, seven) approved IDNs:

To date, 26 countries have received one or more IDNs; I’ve put together the full list here.

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DEER VINTON
Co-designer of TCP/IP protocols and Internet architecture

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