Internationalized domain names in the root

Jorge Amodio jmamodio at
Thu May 6 18:59:03 UTC 2010

Hi Geoff,

yes, as I reported through other channels today the new IDN based URL
started landing on the Arabic version of the page. Kudos for the folks
in Egypt that are now taking advantage of the new ccTLD.

I noticed testing with IE8, Chrome, FFox and Safari, that Safari is
the only one that keeps showing the original URL in Arabic in the
navigation toolbar, all the others switch to the ASCII encoded one.

I guess there is more work/configuration to be done on the client side.


On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Geoff Adams <gadams+nanog at> wrote:
> On 5 May 2010, at 2:16 PM, Jorge Amodio wrote:
>> On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM, David Conrad <drc at> wrote:
>>> Perhaps a bit off-topic, but some folks might get support calls...
>>> http://وزارة-الأتصالات.مصر/
>>> (that's Arabic for <Ministry of Communications>.<Egypt>)
>> Great progress and interesting addition to the root, only issue is
>> that after all the work with IDNs you land on a page written in
>> english (web browser lang does not matter, name resolves to the same
>> IP as the original URL). Hope they soon take advantage of the new name
> The page shows up in Arabic for me in all three of Safari (in which the URL bar also shows the Arabic name), Chrome and Firefox (in both of which the URL bar shows the encoded US-ASCII characters for the domain name). I tested using the Mac versions of these three browsers, and English is set as my preferred language. Arabic doesn't appear until much farther down on the list.
> The Safari experience looks nicer, but I suppose it leaves its users more susceptible to maliciously-constructed domain names that look similar to well-known ones. I wonder if they've addressed that issue in some way. I haven't been checking recently.
> - Geoff

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