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i-DNS.net International Ships Internationalized Domain Name Software Development Kit
Announces availability of IDN SDK & early adopter program to handle demand for multilingual domain name application support

General, i-DNS.net International, 22 May 2001 -- i-DNS.net International (i-DNS.net), the world's leading Multilingual Internet Solutions Provider, today announced the immediate availability of its Internationalized Domain Name Software Development Kit (IDN SDK), available for free download off https://tech.i-dns.net/sdk/, to facilitate the global use and adoption of multilingual domain names registered in the VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) IDN Testbed.

i-DNS.net’s IDN SDK represents the latest step towards a truly multilingual Internet. In keeping with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) suggestions of multilingual domain name aware applications, i-DNS.net’s IDN SDK provides the technology necessary for application developers to enable multilingual domain names support in their products.

"i-DNS.net’s IDN SDK provides us with the necessary tools to continue our DNS Management market leadership with enhanced products and services that our customers demand," said Petur Petursson, President of Men & Mice, leading developers of multi-platform DNS and Internet-related software. "We are pleased to be using a SDK product that easily integrates Internationalized Domain Name support into our products."

i-DNS.net’s IDN SDK is currently the only software development kit that supports domain names registered in the VeriSign IDN Testbed and represents the latest step in the continuing innovation between VeriSign and i-DNS.net. In August of 2000, VeriSign and i-DNS.net announced that the latter was providing the technology to enable the registration of multilingual .com, .net and .org. domain names for the VeriSign IDN Testbed. In January 2001, i-DNS.net’s iClientä software was introduced as a core component for using multilingual domain names registered in the VeriSign IDN Testbed.

“One day, all Internet applications and services will support all the languages of the world. Only then will it become truly the global information infrastructure," said Dr Tan Tin Wee, Acting CEO and Founding Member of the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC). “The i-DNS.net IDN SDK is part of the transformation that will make the Internet linguistically user-friendly.”

i-DNS.net actively participates at the IETF Working Group on IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) to facilitate the exchange of information and experience of operating and administration of multilingual domain name registries with all parties.

i-DNS.net is also a member of the Joint Engineering Taskforce (JET), working together with participating NICs (Network Information Centers) of Korea, China and Taiwan to jointly share technical and engineering experiences with the development and enhancement of mDNKit (Multilingual Domain Name Kit) with JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center). i-DNS.net further commits to ensure interoperability and seamless integration between various IDN technical approaches and solutions.

“At i-DNS.net, we are focused on a single ultimate objective to ensure openness and interoperability of the multilingual DNS technology,” said Michael Ng, CEO of i-DNS.net. “We adopt a global view to ensure full adherence to international standards rather than to develop piece-meal stand-alone local language solutions. We would like to share and contribute to this evolving technology to eventual international standardization, and the IDN SDK is further proof of that philosophy.”

About VeriSign and its Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Testbed
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN - news) is the leading provider of trusted infrastructure services to Web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and individuals. The company's domain name, digital certificate and payment services provide the critical Web identity, authentication and transaction infrastructure that online businesses require to conduct secure e-commerce and communications. VeriSign's services are available through its Web sites or through its direct sales force and reseller partners around the world.

VeriSign opened its testbed for the purpose of providing operational experience with proposed standards for deploying multilingual domain names and helping to identify practical multilingual solutions. By providing a functional, end-to-end environment, the testbed is intended to provide a tool for testing theories and gaining experience that can be used to mitigate risks associated with deploying multilingual domain names on the Internet.

For additional information about the testbed, please refer to the documentation posted at:

About Mice & Men
Reykjavik-based Men & Mice is committed to creating high-quality, innovative multi-platform DNS and Internet-related software that enhances Internet and intranet functionality and performance. In addition to developing the QuickDNS DNS Management System, Men & Mice has produced award-winning DNS related products and services; including DNS Expert, a powerful DNS analysis and troubleshooting utility, the web-based DNS Health Check Service and international DNS training. Men & Mice is also the founder and publisher of the International Domain Health Survey and its sibling, the DNS Spring-Cleaning Project. Both are operated in accordance with Men & Mice's primary objective to increase awareness of DNS issues and as a contribution to improving the status of the domain name system on a worldwide basis.

For more information, please visit http://www.miceandmen.com

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