Archive for March 2008

Explosive Internet Market in China Captured via IDNoptions Collaboration with Monster Venture Partners

IDNoptions, LLC (, a leader in International Domain Name (IDN) acquisition, announced today an investment and strategic partnership with Monster Venture Partners (MVP), LLC and Domain Strategies, Inc. to expand and develop an industry-leading portfolio of IDNs and to build businesses on those domains.

Domain names in Arabic soon online

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said it is co-hosting the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Regional Meeting in cooperation with ICANN.

ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers like domain names and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet.

A key topic to be discussed at the meeting which will take place in Dubai, on 1 – 3 April 2008 is the possibility of getting domain names in Arabic online and making them available to the public.

Participants will also discuss “finding ways to use Arabic for domain names as well as the use of Arabic invisible characters”, said RTA.

The ICANN community has been working on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) to make close to 100,000 characters from the scripts and languages of the world available for domain names.

Right now ICANN is in the midst of a technical evaluation of IDNs, which is one of the most significant steps towards a multilingual Internet. This evaluation is being done through wiki sites with the domain name example.test, but represented in 11 languages; including Arabic. They can all be accessed at

Other important topics at the Dubai Meeting include how ICANN works and what it does to coordinate the Internet’s unique identifiers, as well as updates on what is happening in developing an application and approval process for new top level domains; the part of the domain name after the dot.

“ICANN had incredibly productive discussions at its recent meeting in India on work being done to get the languages and scripts of that country available for domain names from beginning to end,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “At this Dubai meeting, we’re hoping to have similar discussions, and get similar insights into the challenges and solutions being worked on at the local level from the people doing the work in the Arab world – and help us move toward the goal of having domain names in scripts like Arabic from start to finish.”

“The move to Internationalized Domain Names is a complex new environment when it comes to technical consideration, as well as policy decisions,” Dr Twomey added. “The ICANN community is working on how these characters will be able to be implemented after the dot in domain names. There also is a process being discussed among our communities about whether there could be a fast track for a group of countries or territories that have a need for IDNs earlier than the others.”
For his part, Mohamed Al Ghanim, TRA Board Member and Director General said: “Being the legal registry of the UAE Top Level Domain Name (.ae), the TRA is keen on working to enhance the statues of the national domain name in the IDN registry structure. Therefore, we strongly believe that this ICANN Regional Meeting is going to help all of us share experiences and work together to make that happen. We do know that cooperation on the regional level is a key factor in integrating the Arabic language into the domain name field. This is becoming an essential requirement to the development of the Arab communities with respect to the ICT sector.”
“Internet penetration in the Arab world is considered very low in comparison to the English speaking societies. One of the obstacles facing the growth of this penetration is the language barrier. The TRA evaluates the importance of the Meeting’s objectives on IDNs as the best scientific way to provide the technological means to the UAE and the Arab countries to share an easy, available and vast source of knowledge with the goal of bringing Arabic to domain names,” Mr. Al Ghanim concluded. WAM

.pr IDNs now available

The NIC.PR have announced that Internet users can now register .pr domain names using Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The introduction of these new domain names now enables Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese speakers to establish web sites using words commonly used in those languages such as muñ, telé, garç, schö, or amanhã.pr.

The Argument For IDN’s

Sahar points out an interesting article regarding Japanese advertisements for web sites. The print ads actually show a search box with the web site as the search term.
Search is the most popular form of website navigation in Japan and other non-ASCII domain markets. However, it is not ideal, because at any time the search rules […]

Adding Amharic and Hebrew to the IDN wiki

The IDN wiki was launched in October 2007 to provide a test environment of IDNs that is open and available to all interested parties. The IDNwiki was initially based on the eleven example.test domains listed on the main page ( with articles and discussion in each of the indicated languages.
Although there currently are no plans […]

Our Readers Aren’t Always English

The internet is an amazing tool. It can bring together people from all walks of life, from anywhere on the planet, regardless of culture, gender, sexual orientation or physical condition. We can read about world events moments after they occur, and we can read about someone’s personal life or opinions at our leisure. […]

Supporting relases; this is what we do it for

Don Osborn wrote on the Afrophone mailing list about the use of MediaWiki by ICANN for its Internationalized Domain Names evaluation. In the IDN evaluation, people are asked to test their application; eg browsers or mail clients with domain names that contain characters other then the Latin script. Don wrote because among two new languages […]

New Languages Added to ICANN’s IDN Wiki

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: Hebrew and Amharic speakers now have dedicated wiki pages to share their experiences as a part of the global evaluation of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) being done by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. "Since its launch in October 2007, the IDN wiki has helped ICANN and the Internet […]

ICANN At Large Advisory Committee Statement on the Introduction of Internationalized Domain Names

This document represents a proposal by ICANN’s At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) for global policies to be introduced regarding internationalized domain names (IDNs). It does not, however, represent the unanimous views of the ALAC members. The ALAC will continue to discuss the principles enumerated below, and will provide additional comments and statements on IDNs. First of […]

IDNs and India: A Conversation with Rajesh Aggarwal of NIXI

By Chuck Kisselburg ( NIXI (National Internet eXchange of India), is the registry for “.in”. With offices throughout India NIXI is the meeting point for all ISPs in India. NIXI facilitates the exchange of Internet traffic between peering ISP members. What better way to understand the impact IDNs will have on India than through a […]