Making sense of internationalized domain names

Paul Sawers of The Next Web has written an in-depth article on the evolution of internationalized domain names (IDNs).

It’s a great article for quickly getting up to speed on how non-Latin domains work on the Internet and how they’ve been doing over the past year since they went live. To be clear, although what I call partial IDNs have been around for many years it was only until last year that you could register a full-length IDNs – that is, both the domain name plus the country code in the local script (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc). And it is full-length IDNs that promise to change the way millions of people search for and use web sites.

Here’s the article.


Think outside .com: A map of the world’s IDNs

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know I’m a fan of internationalized domain names (IDNs).

Over the past year or so, ICANN has approved more than 20 IDNs across a range of countries, scripts and languages. I’ve posted a running list here.

Today I’m happy to announce a new map that displays all current IDNs along with their ccTLD counterparts.

The map will be printed on demand. If you’re interested in a copy, you can order here.