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Domain Names Are Becoming Non-English

Hong Kong, HK Economic Journal, 25 August 2000 -- i-DNS.net International has announced yesterday its strategic alliance with the NSI Registry to deploy its i-DNS technology to support registrations of non-English domain names. In the following months, the NSI Registry would be cooperating with more than 60 ICANN-accredited registrars to accept international multilingual domain name registrations in a testbed.

As the current DNS can only recognize English and numeric domain names, surfers who are unfamiliar with the language are having a hard time remembering domain names. According to statistics, non-English speaking users make up 40% of the Internet community; and by year 2003, the figure will increase to 60%. This has spurred many in the industry to develop a standard multilingual domain name system.

The i-DNS is the first amongst such multilingual DNS technologies. With the technology, a user can register names in languages like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Tamil and Arabian. The technology is based on the Unicode system, which supports RACE, UTF-5, UTF-8 and other standard encodings, and is completely compatible with the browsers and DNS commonly in use.

Currently, there are two i-DNS registrars in Hong Kong in charge of the registration of multilingual domain names.

Besides i-DNS.net International, both CNNIC and TWNIC have each developed their own separate Chinese domain name technologies.

As the choice for a standard multilingual domain name system has yet to be confirmed, many in the industry are adopting a wait-and-see stand.

-- i-DNS.net shall not be held liable for the views and opinions of the authors expressed herein.
-- Translated Article
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