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RE: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: Jonathan Rosenne <rosennej@qsm.co.il>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 05:58:36 +0200
To: "'WWW International'" <www-international@w3.org>, "'W3C Offices'" <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>, <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002501c819df$fd943890$f8bca9b0$@co.il>

Non-ASCII IDNs with ASCII TLDs are not non-ASCII IDNs and are just a
curiosity. They do not help the users who do know English and do not know
the Latin letters.

Jony

> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Martin Duerst
> Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 4:35 AM
> To: Daniel Dardailler
> Cc: Najib Tounsi; 'WWW International'; W3C Offices; public-i18n-
> core@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress
> 
> 
> At 01:11 07/10/27, Daniel Dardailler wrote:
> >> Also, on a second level,
> >> many IDN labels already exist, without any big problems.
> >
> >Speaking of which, I've seen a CENTER
> 
> Can you give a URI for CENTER? This is a word that just doesn't
> work as such in a search engine.
> 
> >study a year or so ago on penetration of
> >second level IDN in ccTLDs that allowed them, and it was not very
> good, a few
> >digit% compared to non IDN.
> 
> This is very understandable. At the 2004 ICANN meeting in Kuala Lumpur
> (the only ICANN meeting I ever participated), I identified the lack of
> non-ASCII TLDs and IE6 (which doesn't support IDNs unless you install
> a plugin) as the two blocking factors for wide IDN usage. The IE6
> market
> shares reported are still between 20% and 50%, and non-ASCII TLDs not
> available yet, such low numbers come at no surprise to me.
> 
> Regards,    Martin.
> 
> 
> #-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, Assoc. Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
> #-#-#  http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp
> mailto:duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp
> 
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