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Old 24th October 2005, 10:26 PM
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Re: Avail. IDN domains.

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Originally Posted by gammascalper

I think we're already at the point where the truly stellar IDNs in .com and ccTLD have been taken.

Great compound names are still available of course, but even those are disappearing quickly. Anecdotally with regard to chinese IDNs, I've noticed that availability has gotten much tighter in the course of just a couple of months
I think with the Far Eastern Languages most of the really exception names went as the first Verisign Test Bed was opened about 5 years ago. There was a much greater awareness in the Far East as much of the development was being driven from there.

Don't kick yourself too much for missing the original rush. There would have been no online translation and even getting hold of the necessary fonts to create the words probably wasn't that straight forward. I think most of the orginal registrations went to local language speakers from the Domain Name System development community. Speculator's but not as we know them!

When I got into this about 20 months ago now, there had been a long quite spell and lot of the original registrations had dropped. There was much more available then than now, but even as little as a year ago there was little more than Google Scores to go on. It is comparatively recent that I have discovered that Overture accepted non-ASCII Characters. And I wasn't aware of the Japanese Tool until a couple of months ago.

Other important languages such as Arabic and Hindi still lag way behind. When I first started out Arabic hadn't really been indexed by Google and Hindi was a complete blank. This was largely due to the fact the these languages hadn't been standardised into Unicode. Even in Chinese many of the website were still using Bit Map Characters rather than Unicode Script.

Undetered we got stuck into Arabic and Hindi. Arabic is a nightmare of a language, but I had studied it a little so understood some of the structure. We manage to get some really good domains, but bought a lot of rubbish. Similar story with Hindi. This year we actually renewed most of the rubbish because it was too early to separate the wheat from the Chaff. With Hindi that is still the case.

I have had long debates with many on DNForums about language use in India. Don't let anyone convince you the main language of e-commerce in India will be English. It won't. It will be Hindi followed Tamil, Bengali and Gujarrati.

To get the best names you need to be in early. We have most of the single alphabetic characters in both Arabic and Hindi. In Arabic we have good place names. I picked up "Bagdad.com" as a drop only about a week ago. I still have an interest in one or two domains that may or may not drop, but my main task with both of these is to get rid of the rubbish.

We have some potentially remarkable names in Hindi.

बात.com xn--h2bp8c.com Business
काम.com xn--11b4c4b.com Business
क्षेत्र.com xn--11b4axb0a4f8ad.com Domain


If you want to decipher these then us then use this dictionary

http://www.shabdkosh.com/cpnt/option...page/Itemid,1/

The signifance of these domains is confirmed by high Google Scores, which for Hindi is still anything over a 100K, mind you a few months ago, it was anything of 10K.

Best Regards
Dave Wrixon





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