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Re: How to validate pages of a website with national characters in domain name

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:18:15 +0300
Message-ID: <034a01c8d15e$eb742e90$0300000a@DOCENDO>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Cc: "Raija Ylonen" <raija.ylonen@kotiportti.fi>

Andreas Prilop wrote:

> On Tue, 17 Jun 2008, Raija Ylonen wrote:
>
>> Please advise how to validate this website with national characters
>> in the domain name:
>> www.ylöjärventaideyhdistys.fi
>
> Your *real* address is
>   http://www.xn--yljrventaideyhdistys-dzb80b.fi/
> and there ain't no "national characters" in't.

Well, it is _a_ real address, and so is 
http://www.ylöjärventaideyhdistys.fi which has an "internationalized" 
domain name, IDN. Apparently the validator does not support IDNs yet, 
but this is a limitation in the software.

On the other hand, the alternate (well, primary) real address is the one 
that should be used when communicating with the validator.

This is bit clumsy of course. It seems that ylojarventaideyhdistys.fi 
hasn't been registered as an alias. (That's possible, since the Finnish 
registration authority just _recommends_ that a domain name containing 
non-ASCII characters be not used as the _only_ name for a domain. They 
probably thought about users' problems, since people are so accustomed 
to the idea that "ä" and "ö" are not allowed that they automatically use 
"a" and "o" instead. But problems with software like validators are 
another reason to follow the recommendation.)

Jukka K. Korpela ("Yucca")
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ 
Received on Wednesday, 18 June 2008 16:19:00 GMT

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