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Google AdWords Now Supports Internationalized Domain Names

July 27, 2011Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, google adwords, idnComments Off on Google AdWords Now Supports Internationalized Domain Names

Advertisers no longer have to show ASCII URLs in their ads.

A couple weeks ago I missed an announcement from Google AdWords that it now supports internationalized domain names (IDN) for display and destination URLs on Google ads.

This means advertisers will no longer have to show a non-ASCII ad followed by an ASCII domain name.

AdWords clients can enter unicode characters for the URLs and Google will verify that it works correctly in both unicode and punycode.

The display URL will only show up only in cases where the language matches that of the user’s Google interface, otherwise it will render in punycode.

(Hat tip: Patrick C)


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India Gets 7 IDN County Code Domain Names

January 27, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, idns, Policy & LawComments Off on India Gets 7 IDN County Code Domain Names

India gets seven IDN ccTLDS and more good news for IDN domain name supporters.

One thing I learned on my trip to India earlier this month is that there are a lot of local languages.

This week ICANN approved delegation of seven (yes, seven) internationalized county code domain names to National Internet Exchange of India. The delegated ccTLDs include भारत (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--h2brj9c”; بھارت “Bharat”), encoded as “xn--mgbbh1a71e”; భారత్ (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--fpcrj9c3d”; ભારત (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--gecrj9c”; ਭਾਰਤ (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--s9brj9c”; இந்தியா (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--xkc2dl3a5ee0h”; and ভারত (“Bharat”), encoded as “xn--45brj9c.

Also getting the nod this week: a Korean ccTLD for Republic of Korea, Chinese and Tamil ccTLDs for Singapore, and an Arabic ccTLD for the Syrian Arab Republic.

In other good news for IDN supporters, it looks like new gTLDs may actually move forward at March’s ICANN meeting, opening up the door for internationalized “equivalents” of existing top level domain names.


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First Ever IDN Event and Auction on Tap for New York in October

September 27, 2010domain conferences, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, idnsComments Off on First Ever IDN Event and Auction on Tap for New York in October

New York City event will educate about Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

IDN EventFew topics have received greater attention this year than IDNs. So it’s fitting that the first ever “IDN Event and Auction” will take place October 30, 2010 at the Haru Restaurant in New York City at 7 pm. The event is organized by IDNTools and will be sponsored by Register.com, Moniker and SnapNames.

The goal of the event is to educate domain registrants about IDNs, their value proposition, how to register them, the value of developing IDNs, the importance of connecting with local audiences, and we will also hold an IDN auction.

Although the agenda is not yet set, speakers include DotAsia CEO Edmon Chung, Elliot Silver, and Associated Cities Executive Director Patrick Carleton.

Early bird registration through October 1 is $99. After October 1 registration prices increase to $275.


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The IDN ccTLD Landscape: .рф and .日本

August 25, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, UncategorizedComments Off on The IDN ccTLD Landscape: .рф and .日本

by Aaron Krawitz, Gary Males & Patrick Carleton

[This article explores the latest with IDN ccTLDs such as .рф and .日本. Aaron Krawitz of IDNBlog and Gary Males of IDNDemystified co-own IDNDroplist, IDNTools and IDNNewsletter. Patrick Carleton is Executive Director of Associated Cities. -Andrew]

Change is afoot in the world of IDN ccTLDs.

Just a few days ago, we learned that the registry, JPRS, was the only one to apply to manage the .日本 IDN ccTLD (meaning “.Japan” in Japanese). JPRS is the current .JP registry and has previously spoke out in favor of aliasing or unlocking .JP in an IDN equivalent. As such, the practical implication of the above application is that we will likely soon see owners of IDN.JP domains owning IDN.日本 names as well.

Hiro Hotta the Director of Corporate Planning at JPRS previously stated: “In my opinion, the registrant of IDN.jp should automatically have the right to register IDN.日本 . . . [i]t is relatively easy for [the] .JP registry (JPRS) to implement this aliasing.”

Meanwhile, the release of .рф IDN ccTLD (meaning “.RF” in Russian) is on track. The sunrise period is currently open to trademark holders, with a number of .рф sites already having gone live, and landrush is to follow this fall.

Awareness

There are several material implications of the IDN ccTLD progress, the first of which is greater awareness of IDNs in general. As IDNs are in the news on a daily basis, investors, developers and end-users are realizing that IDN.com domains exist now, IDN.IDN-ccTLD names will exist soon and these foreign language domains are great platforms to use in order to engage users in their native languages.

Extension Question

Though the publicity of IDN ccTLDs are having a positive effect on the awareness and value of IDN.com names, such new ccTLDs also pose a competitive threat. In the world of IDNs, to many it seems like buying an IDN.com is the intuitive choice as .COM is already a global brand. However, in many markets, new IDN ccTLDs will be available long before an internationalized IDN.com-in-IDN domain will be available, and such IDN ccTLDs will at times have the advantage of being the first IDN.IDN in a certain region.

Consequently, it is anyone’s guess as to whether the new IDN ccTLDs, ASCII .COM, or the future IDN .COM alias becomes the extension of choice for IDNs in a given country and the prudent investor should buy both.

Opportunities Overlooked

Lastly, amidst the blockbuster releases of IDN ccTLDs for Japan and Russia, smaller countries tend to get overlooked even though they too are releasing IDN ccTLDs. IDN opportunities will surely abound in these smaller markets as well.


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Sri Lanka, Thailand Among Those Getting New IDN Domain Names

August 6, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, Policy & LawComments Off on Sri Lanka, Thailand Among Those Getting New IDN Domain Names

Sri Lanka and Thailand join ranks of countries getting their own ccTLD in their own language.

ICANN has delegated five more internationalized domain names for top level country code domain names.

Yesterday the ICANN board approved a resolution delegating two top level domains for Sri Lanka and one for Thailand:

Delegation of IDN ccTLDs:

1. Sri Lanka

Whereas, Sri Lanka is a country currently listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard.

Whereas, .ලංකා (“Lanka”), encoded as “xn--fzc2c9e2c”; and .இலங்கை (“Ilangai”), encoded as “xn--xkc2al3hye2a”; are both strings that have been deemed to appropriately represent Sri Lanka through the IDN Fast Track process.

Whereas, ICANN has received requests for delegation of .ලංකා and .இலங்கை to LK Domain Registry.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the requests, and has determined that the proposed delegations would be in the interests of the local and global Internet communities.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.03), the proposed delegation of .ලංකා to LK Domain Registry is approved.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.04), the proposed delegation of .இலங்கை to LK Domain Registry is approved.

2. Thailand

Whereas, the Thailand is a country currently listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard.

Whereas, .ไทย (“Thai”), encoded as “xn--o3cw4h”, is a string that has been deemed to appropriately represent Thailand through the IDN Fast Track process.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for delegation of .ไทย to the Thai Network Information Center Foundation.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed delegation would be in the interests of the local and global Internet communities.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.05), the proposed delegation of the .ไทย domain to the Thai Network Information Center Foundation is approved.

A number of Arabic domain names were also delegated:

فلسطين (“Falasteen”), encoded as “xn--ygbi2ammx” to Occupied Palestinian Authority

تونس (“Tunis”), encoded as “xn--pgbs0dh” to Tunisia

الاردن (“al-Ordon”), encoded as “xn--mgbayh7gpa” to Jordan


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China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Get IDN Country Code Top Level Domain Names

June 25, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann board, idn, Policy & LawComments Off on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Get IDN Country Code Top Level Domain Names

Asian language top level domains coming to the internet.

The Board of ICANN has approved the delegation of two Chinese-character country code top level domain names to China, two to Taiwan, and one to Hong Kong.

During ICANN’s board meeting today in Brussels, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom called it a historic moment:

Just one brief remark and that is to say this is a truly historic moment. More than one out of five people who walk on this planet speak Chinese as a first language. In addition to all the incredible engineering work that’s gone on for many years, the policy work, the work by linguists and the work in the last six months by the operators in China of this proposed IDN ccTLD and the intense work of the board of ICANN and staff and the community have been remarkable. And it’s exciting for all of us, I think, to be here and to see the root truly embrace the world.

The board’s vote on the IDNs was followed by not just applause, but standing ovations according to the transcript of the meeting.


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IDN Top Level Domain Names in a Nutshell

May 7, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, idn, idn cctld, UncategorizedComments Off on IDN Top Level Domain Names in a Nutshell

A simple primer to IDN top level domains, courtesy of ICANN.

One of the reasons many people are “turned off” by internationalized domain names is that they don’t understand how they work. Admittedly, much of the information about IDNs to date has been described in a technical matter, turning people off even more.

So I was delighted to see a blog post from ICANN’s Tina Dam titled “IDN Usability“. I highly recommend reading it, as is clearly explains IDN ccTLDs and how the typical internet user can use them.

The post shows specific examples of IDN ccTLDs in various browsers and how they are displayed. It also shows you how to update your browser to correctly display the URLs in the case that they show up as their A-label (also explained in the blog post). Now that there are three live IDN ccTLDs on the web, this is useful information for anyone who uses non-Latin scripts in day-to-day communication.


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An Historic Day: First IDN Top Level Domain Names Go Live

May 5, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, UncategorizedComments Off on An Historic Day: First IDN Top Level Domain Names Go Live

First IDN top level domains hit the web.

Today was an historic day for domain names and internationalized domain names, as the first three non-Latin script top level domain names went live. All three are country code top level domains under the IDN ccTLD fast track program.

ICANN has provided an example of an already functioning site using an IDN ccTLD: وزارة-الأتصالات.مصر

If you’re like me, when going to that web address you’re browser will display this:

http://xn—-rmckbbajlc6dj7bxne2c.xn--wgbh1c/

But hurdles still remain to view these new TLDs. As explained on the ICANN blog:

If your software does not have full IDN support, this might not work exactly as expected. You may see a mangled string of letters and numbers, and perhaps some percent signs or a couple of “xn--”s mixed into the address bar. Or it may not work at all.

Making things more interesting, the first three live ccTLDs are all in Arabic scripts: e السعودية. (“Al-Saudiah”), امارات. ( “Emarat”) and مصر. (“Misr”). These scripts are read right-to-left, which must be confusing given the multi-level structure of top level domain names.

Expect to see more IDN top level domain names soon. First there will be more IDN ccTLDs, followed by generic top level IDNs in a couple years.


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Commentless Comment Periods at ICANN

March 31, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, idn, Policy & LawComments Off on Commentless Comment Periods at ICANN

9 comment periods end tomorrow — but commenting is light.

Nine different open comment subjects at ICANN close tomorrow — and four of them don’t have a single comment.

Despite comment period overload, I’m surprised to see certain communities not getting involved in the process. For example, two of the subjects that don’t have any comments concern Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). ICANN’s decisions around IDNs will greatly impact those domainers who have invested heavily in IDNs.

I would think that, had I invested a lot of money in IDNs, I’d care if ICANN relaxes the three character requirement for TLDs and what it decides to do with variants. But then again, many IDN investors are still under the false assumption that IDN gTLDs will be fast-tracked ahead of the new gTLD process, or even that they’ll get IDN TLD equivalents of their existing second level domain names for free.

If you’ve never submitted a comment to ICANN, it’s really easy. Just go here to see all of the open comment periods and how to submit your comment.


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.Tel to Launch IDNs in 16 Languages in June

March 30, 2010.tel, Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, idns, UncategorizedComments Off on .Tel to Launch IDNs in 16 Languages in June

.Tel domain names get IDNs in June.

dotTelComing soon: Jörn.tel, Júlia.tel, and Bjørn.tel.

.Tel registry Telnic is launching registration of .tel Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in 16 languages on June 15. IDNs will be available in Chinese, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

The company plans to launch more IDNs as other languages are approved for IDNs when there is sufficient demand.

Telnic requested permission from ICANN to offer IDNs back in December, and the request was approved in January.

.Tel IDNs will be offered by many of the same domain name registrars that currently offer .tel. Registration costs are expected to be similar to existing .tel registrations. Although registrants can pick their language for the second level, the top level domain will remain the Latin-character “.tel”.

As of the end of 2009, .tel had approximately 275,000 domain names registered.


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