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RE: multi-lingual web addresses - how do I register?

From: CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 19:02:38 -0500
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To: juth@loc.gov
Cc: www-international@w3.org


I do not know for sure the answer to your question; I don't work for the 
w3c; but it looks like you request a domain name and are allocated a domain 
name in punycode; I don't think you request it in punycode; it seems that 
you have to contact the domain name registrar for your area for the list of 
characters that you can use in your domain and what you will actually be 
allocated will be an equivalent in punycode :

"The domain name registrar fixes the list of characters that people can 
request to be used in their country or top level domains. However, when a 
person requests a domain name using these characters they are actually 
allocated the equivalent of the domain name using a representation called 

"Punycode is a way of representing Unicode codepoints using only ASCII 

You might also check out the additional resources:
"Domain names are allocated and managed by domain name registration 
organizations spread around the world."

"A standard approach to dealing with multilingual domain names was agreed by 
the IETF in March 2003. It is defined in RFCs 3490, 3491, 3492 and 3454"

Someone correct me if I am wrong.

--C. E. Whitehead

>From: "Justin Thorp" <juth@loc.gov>
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>Subject: multi-lingual web addresses - how do I register?
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>So I read on the article on multi-lingual web addresses, I found it very 
>Maybe I missed it, but my only question is do I register the domain using 
>the non-ASCII characters or do I register the punycode address?
>Justin Thorp
>PS - Also, to add to the change log for the doc, it looks like IE7 supports 
>using Internationalized domains.
>Justin Thorp
>Web Services - Office of Strategic Initiatives
>Library of Congress
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