Today is the day that internationalized domain names (IDNs) go live on the internet. As someone really interested in globalization, this is a huge development: this is the first time non-latin characters can be used as domain names in the public internet. Arabic nations especially are loving this, and I’m sure Hebrew and Chinese language domain names will surely follow within hours.
I asked an Egyptian co-worker what the URL was for the Egyptian Ministry of Communication .. I didn’t even know how to search for it. Here it is:
http://وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر/. Apparently the fonts I have butcher the script.
The URL looks good when I copy/paste, but it gets turned into Punycode:
http://xn--4gbrim.xn----rmckbbajlc6dj7bxne2c.xn--wgbh1c, which magically still works. Anyone else have some insight into how this works?