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Old 3rd May 2006, 12:41 AM
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Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

I don't know if this has already been answered or not...

What's the current state of IDN support for mobile phone broswers? I'm specifically interested in Japan, but more general info is also welcome.

Since a large percent (possibly even the majority) of Japanese access the internet through their phones, I'm wondering how many current phones support direct input of Kanji/Kana IDN URLs and display IDN domains in Japanese characters?
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

That's a very good question!

I guess the other question is will they want to go anwhere else than the blogs they hang out at now?
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

That's a very good question. However, I would be inquisitive to know what (websites) and how people access on such a small mobile screen? Is it comfortable doing so?
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

I have used these phones but just couldnt get used to it.
Lot of squinting and scrolling.
However, I dont know if they have changed the layout in the last 12 months to make it easier to use or not...
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Old 3rd May 2006, 04:36 AM
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

I believe currently they can't I haven't checked out the mobile phone sites yet.
Being able to use the net on the phone screen is not an issue, many young Japanese are used to using their phones more than a computer.
Compatibility in the current state is also not an issue because kids change their phones very frequently.
Phones now are mainly also Shift-JS compatible but I expect soon that more phones will be compatible with Shift-JS & UTF-8 encodes.
Everything changes in Tokyo & at a rapid rate too.
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

Thanks, Olney.

I guess the answer is no.

Well, it's just another front for those of you with "connections" to start pushing on and building awareness. It could be a significant factor in the acceptance and value of IDNs in Japan.
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Old 3rd May 2006, 09:29 AM
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Re: Mobile phone browser support for IDN URLs?

Truthfully they might I just haven't gone as far to check it out yet.
By the time IDNs are in common use the kids are gonna change phones anyway & the phone makers know that.

Your old phone you got 6 months ago can't use IDN Domains buy a new one that can.
It's business... They won't release the feature early...
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