ICANN Launches International Domain Names

ICANN today finally released the Internationalized Domain Namespace which allows for the non-latin characters in languages like Farsi, Arabic and Chinese. How does it look?


But what’s going on behind the scenes? What if I don’t have these character sets on my machine or if I’m in the command line? Here’s what the URL above looks like in puny code. Punycode is an instance of a general encoding syntax (Bootstring) by which a string of Unicode characters can be transformed uniquely and reversibly into a smaller, restricted character set.


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About the author: Jonathan Gosier is a UI designer, software developer and writer. He currently lives in Kampala, Uganda where he incubates and invests in East African entrepreneurs as the CEO of Appfrica Labs. He's also a TED Fellow.
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