Internationalized domain names in the root

Zaid Ali zaid at
Thu May 6 20:27:00 UTC 2010

I agree Safari experience looks much nicer and yes whole host of potential
malice to arise. Firefox shows punycode


Now if I understood arabic only and was travelling or happen to use Firefox
which showed punycode how would I trust it? If it was directly translated to
latin characters I could trust it with verification from someone I know who
understands english. I would not trust puny code because an end user does
not know what it means, I think there is potential for a lot of issues here.


On 5/6/10 11:45 AM, "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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