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Re: Breaking news from Moscow.. IDN presentation from Verisign

this is quite "funny":

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1.The first example means “Cyrillic.NET”
2.The second example means “<heating in Cyrillic>.COM”
3.The third example means “Cyrillic.Cyrillic”
4.The fourth example means ““<heating in Cyrillic>.<company in Cyrillic>”

Although in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan they are known to be available, they are underutilized…”just haven’t caught on”.
Challenges include…
Perceived as limiting the Web site locally or within the country
Not acceptable for business use or appropriate for the “official” company Web site
Difficult to input, less reliable to use
Characters can be confusing (many sound the same in local languages) causing misspelling
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Well, how the heck could they catch on yet when everyone knows the key issue is that people aren't going to launch major IDN sites when half their potential visitors can't reach the site because they are still using IE6 or worse. That's the confusing part for users, browsers not being up to date, not the "confusing characters".

Its' not rocket science .... and as for being "difficult to enter", well sheesh, Asians are very used to switching languages, if only to (ironically) enter domain names in English, and switch back to their own language.

Dunno, just seems like we have been hearing the same thing from VeriSign for 5 years. How much longer? My son will have to go to college in another 9 years. The clock is ticking down
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