ICANN to test internationalised domain names

ICANN plans to test a system of internationalized top-level domain names later this year.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the Internet domain-name system (DNS), this week announced plans to test a system of internationalized domain names.

ICANN and the Internet community have appointed a committee to draw up plans for a technical test of internationalized top-level domain names, which will use non-Roman characters or Roman characters with diacritical marks. A system is already in place for internationalized second-level domain names.

"There is a need to continue supporting multilingual access to the Internet," ICANN said in a statement.

The test of internationalized domain names will include two approaches, ICANN said. One approach, called DNAME records, will use an alias designation for an entire domain by mapping a new domain into one that already exists. The other approach, NS-records, will insert an internationalized label in the root zone without duplicating a pre-existing sub-domain structure, it said.

News that ICANN plans to test internationalized top-level domain system comes amidst heightened concerns that linguistic differences could effectively divide the Internet.

Last month, an inaccurate report on the Web site of the People's Daily newspaper claimed China planned to implement its own system of top-level domain names. That report, which was picked up by some Western media outlets, sparked fears China planned to divide the Internet by creating its own DNS.

At the time, ICANN and the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) quickly set the record straight, denying that any plan existed for China to create its own system of top-level domain names.

ICANN plans to release in April its plans regarding the test of non-English domain names for public review and comment, it said. The test itself is expected to begin later this year.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?