Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 09:56 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Internet Explorer Microsoft's latest release of Internet Explorer will drive demand for internationalized domain names, according to industry experts who are predicting a sharp increase in sales of foreign language domain names. That's because IE 7 has built-in support for IDNs, as does Firefox 2.0, also released in October.
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RE[3]: is it really good ?
by Hetfield on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 04:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: is it really good ?"
Hetfield
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IDN is intended for the native users of the language, not for people who don't speak it. Amazingly enough English isn't the worlds most widely natively spoken language and quite a few people don't speak it at all.

Yeah, well, those native users of the language will be really out of luck when they try to use IDNs without access to keyboards with the proper keyboard layout. Want to check your web mail at HügaBüga.de from an internet cafe in New York or London? Tough luck. And this is just one example, there are many more.

The Internet, and especially the World Wide Web, is all about easy access. We've spent decades to get the complexity out of it in order to make it both available and usable to the world. IDNs add a layer of complexity to both implementation and usability, exposing developers and users alike to a many problems ranging from security nightmares to accessibility disasters, and I've yet to hear a single convincing argument for them. I know am I not alone in thinking that the only ones that benefit from IDNs are the Registrars that sell them.

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