Internationalized Domain Names

Internationalized Domain Names

How would you like a domain name in your own native language or writing? Pretty fun right? But this can also be chaotic. Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) have been a source of heated discussions among Internet evangelists at ICANN for a while. [Try out the IDNs at]


This week from 25-30 October 2009 happens to be the ICANN 36 meeting in Seoul, South Korea. It’s a specially relevant meeting for us “outsiders” because several hot topics, mainly the IDNs and gTLDs, are to be discussed and decided. This in a matter of time will change or affect the course of the Internet as we know it. I am therefore all ears to the meeting sessions through their website at and the webcasts (Main Ballroom and ccNSO room)



UPDATE [Oct. 30, 2009 11:00AM] I was watching the webcast and the ICANN Board has approved the resolution on IDN ccTLDs.

From @icann: Process for new Internet extensions in the world’s languages approved by the #ICANN Board. Domain name system now fully global.

Before that, do you know how many top-level domains are there? [Source:]


More news links:

Internet set for change with non-English addresses
ICANN: New TLDs debate to drag on

Some terminologies (that we should at least know about):

ICANN – Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers – is the organization that coordinates the Internet’s naming and addressing system.

IDNs – Internationalized Domain Names – is an expansion of the current domain name (which is made up of letters a-z) to non-ascii characters and scripts (such as chinese, arabic, etc)

gTLDs – Generic Top-Level Domains – are extensions to the Internet’s naming system (ex: .com, .org)

ccTLDs – country-code Top Level Domains – are country-specific TLDs (ex: .us, .ph)

ALAC – At-Large Advisory Committee – advises the board on issues affecting individual users of the Internet.

ccNSO – Country-Code Names Supporting Organization Council – develops policies relating to ccTLDs

GNSO – Generic Names Supporting Organization Council – develops policies relating to gTLDs

  • That is very informative!

  • Hello irrashai!

    Does this mean Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other native characters are now allowed in the domain name? If that’s the case, it would be chaotic.

    I believe those domains shouldn’t be used if a website is aiming for international traffic. Not much people know how to type those characters anyway.

    Feel free to correct me in case I’m wrong.

  • shane. geeky girl!

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