Slouching Toward Multilingual .com

According to Associated Press, ICANN is inching closer to offering complete native-language domain names.

Now what does this mean?

There are two ways to offer an “internationalized” domain name.

The easy way, which is now available commercially, is to offer a non-Latin domain but continue to the use the traditional top level domain, such as .com or .org.

So what you end up with a mixture of Latin and non-Latin characters.

The better and much more complex internationalized domain is one that supports the native script across the full domain, including the top-level domain.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. SIG-III Blog » Blog Archive » Sex, Blogs, and the Great Firewall Part I – Censorship - October 1, 2007

    [...] over how to do this. Concerning the prospect of Chinese in these addresses, John Yunker’s article Slouching Toward Multilingual .com originally ran under the title “Slouching Toward .?? (.com)” (I hope WordPress is able to [...]