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Online, dc.internet.com, 22 August 2000 -- The Network Solutions Registry (NSI Registry), a division of Network Solutions, is seeking to improve the international accessibility and functionality of the Internet by allowing users to register domain names in non-English languages. In the coming months, NSI Registry will open a test bed that will allow registration of multilingual domain names through the more than 60 active ICANN accredited registrars.

NSI Registry selected i-DNS.net International (i-DNS.net) to supply technology allowing the rapid introduction of the test bed. i-DNS.net and other various technology providers will also supply the registrars with a utility to interface with the test bed.

While the Internet is one of the most inclusive, widely available technologies ever developed, non-English language usage is still a significant barrier. One of the functions of the DNS is to translate domain names, or Web addresses into computer-friendly numeric IP addresses. Although there are a large number of sites on the Web that cater to audiences in their native languages, all of them require that the domain name be an English language character set.

This has forced some sites to use unconventional names to make them more familiar and easily remembered by their audience. For example, a few non-English Web sites use a string of numbers as their domain name because a number is easier for many non-English speaking people to remember than an unfamiliar English name.

To be successful and gain worldwide acceptance, a multilingual domain name solution must integrate with existing Internet protocols and applications. NSI Registry's approach is to ensure current and future compliance with evolving internationalized domain name standards developed within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and adherence to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) principle of a single Domain Name System (DNS) root.

While development of Internet standards for multilingual DNS technology are still evolving, the i-DNS.net technology is flexible and can be modified to support virtually any implementation of the final standard.

The Herndon-based Network Solutions, Inc., is a part of the VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) company. The NSI Registry maintains the definitive directory of over 19 million web addresses and is responsible for the infrastructure that propagates this information throughout the Internet and responds to over 1.5 billion DNS look-ups daily. As the exclusive provider of registry services to .com, .net, and .org, the Registry currently supports 61 active ICANN accredited registrars operating in 16 countries around the globe. The company maintains a Web site at http://www.nsiregistry.com.

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