Archive for August 2008

ICANN: IDN TLD Allocation Implementation Processes

Following the progress on the IDN TLD allocation processes during the ICANN meeting in Paris a new area has been made available to describe IDN policy development and IDN ccTLD allocation developments under ICANN’s IDN Area: At the Paris meeting, the Board approved both of the processes described below for implementation. In relation to […]

VeriSign certs now have IDN support

Yesterday VeriSign announced that VeriSign-branded SSL Certificates now support IDN. For years I have told people that IDN stood for International Domain Name, but in preparation for our press release on this topic, I have learned that the actual term is Internationalized Domain Name. Go figure. Anyway, IDN support means that a Web site can […]

VeriSign to Extend SSL Security to Web Sites with Internationalized Domain Names

Mountain View, Calif. – August 18, 2008 – Seven of every 10 people in the world don’t speak English, but that isn’t keeping them from using the Internet. Now, domain name registrants and Web site operators not only can reach users in their own language – they can also protect their sites with Secure Sockets […]

Rick Latona: I wish I had taken ccTLDs and IDNs more seriously

True global brands need a .com extension. Clearly there are obvious exceptions but for the most part, if you want to market to the world, you need a good .com. However, with all the patting on the back old-school domainers like to give themselves, you have to admit, we should have registered more country-code top-level […]

ICANN approves the introduction of internationalized domain names

On Thursday 25 June the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit corporation that coordinates the global Internet system of unique identifiers, at the closing of its 32 International public meeting in Paris, unanimously approved the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in the top level of […]

.ORG & NCUC Joint Letter to ICANN on Internationalized Domain Names

Recently we teamed up with the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) to express our concern to ICANN that the rights and needs of end-users are taken into account in the discussion of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). Namely, IDNs are to be seen as a technical measure to allow for multi-lingual direction navigation of the Internet and […]

ARGENTINA – Autorizan caracteres en español para páginas web

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores aprobó los signos en castellano y portugués en la registración de los nombres de dominio de internet de la Argentina. La Resolución 616/2008 del Ministerio, que apareció hoy publicada en el Boletín Oficial, establece que “se incorporan los caracteres multilingües pertenecientes al idioma español y portugués, para la registración de […]

Unicode Graphic Domains

Domains using the full character spectrum aren’t really supported well in browsers, partly due to security issues… so entering something like bü (the German word for library) will resolve into what is called a punycode address, namely This kinda ruins it for serious uses, but still, there’s domains out there using more than just […]