There’re now "real" IDN TLDs….

http://موقع.وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر (I don’t know what it is, I don’t read arabic, I’m just pointing it out as an example.)

http://президент.рф (for a cyrillic example, apparently the president of Russia web site).


Comments (2)

  1. Hi Shawn,

    Can you please explain (or point to an explanation) why the link resolves to a URL with latin characters.



  2. If you mean “http://xn--d1abbgf6aiiy.xn--p1ai/”, that’s “Punycode”. Some browsers may be concerned that this is a spoofing/phishing site. If you add the appropriate language to your http-accept-lang (In IE, click the warning and pick “change language selections”, also available from tools->internet options), then the punycode will go away.

    The concern is someone could use cyrillic to spoof an all-ascii domain name for example. When IDN was first released, there was a big concern about a concept someone registered to demonstrate the homograph problem. See

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