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Old 5th August 2014, 11:42 PM
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Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

According to the official Google blog, Gmail now supports full unicode@IDN.IDN addresses. That is, they have implemented the IETF's RFC 6530, which specifies the protocol for transmitting email to addresses of the form unicode@IDN.IDN.

This is great news, and a very important step for the acceptance of IDNs.

A couple of caveats:

1) Google does not (yet) allow you to create Gmail addresses of the form unicode@gmail.com.

2) As explained in a previous IDN Forum post, email addresses of the form ascii@IDN.IDN can be handled by current mail servers (even if mail clients insist on displaying punycode), but for full unicode@IDN.IDN addressing to work, the sender's server and the receiver's server must both implement the new IETF standard. Google has has implemented the standard on their side, but it will probably be years before everyone else catches up.

I sent a test email from my Gmail account to one of my ascii@IDN.IDN addresses. Unlike before, gmail now accepts this address as a valid email address. Not only that, it displays the address in unicode, not punycode. I don't have access to a mail server that implements RFC 6530, so I can't test the full unicode@IDN.IDN.

Anyway, it's great (and unexpected) news. Let's hope the other big email services (especially the ones in China and Russia) follow suit.

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Old 6th August 2014, 12:06 AM
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

Hells yeah! If gmail does it, the rest will follow
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

A further bit of good news: Postfix (one of the major Mail Transfer Agents) now supports SMTPUTF8 (the protocol specified in RFC 6530), as of July 15, 2014. See: SMTPUTF8_README.html. The ice is finally starting to break.

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P.S. Here is a blog post by Arnt Gulbrandsen, the Norwegian (I think) programmer paid by CNNIC (yes, that CNNIC) to add SMTPUTF8 to Postfix.
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

great stuff. very interesting, nice find Avtal
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

Google knows how to kill the local web portals (sina.com, sohu.com, yahoo.co.jp, naver.com), just like they had done in ASCII internet (Lycos, AltaVista, Netscape, yahoo…) by using native emails, domains and a advanced search engine.

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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

yahoo had done this 5 yrs ago, but finally quit
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

I am able to receive emails sent to this id via gmail: xn--q9jyb4c@xn--q9jyb4c.xn--q9jyb4c
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

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I am able to receive emails sent to this id via gmail: xn--q9jyb4c@xn--q9jyb4c.xn--q9jyb4c
Interesting! Are you running your own mail server? Was it difficult to set up?

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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

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Interesting! Are you running your own mail server? Was it difficult to set up?

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It was easier to setup at my cloud hosting service provider. Most of the cloud hosting service providers including bluehost now have the feature to send and receive emails using complete punycode idn@idn.idn addresses, but SMTPUTF8 has not been fully implemented yet with their services.

Hope they will implement a mail exchange mechanism soon to handle SMTPUTF8 protocol so as to enable us to send and receive fully UTF-8 encoded addresses in the IDN@IDN.IDN native language format.
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

http://www.circleid.com/posts/201407...nally_working/
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Finally! About time.
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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

I could receive email send from ooo@IDN.IDN on my gmail account now -

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Re: Gmail now supports unicode@IDN.IDN addresses! (Mostly)

and you may sent email from Gmail to [unicode@IDN.IDN addresses] too
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