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Old 15th March 2007, 01:26 AM
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Back in 2005, I was still green, and I tried to register some killer Asian domains using domainsite. They would show as Available, but the registration would fail. At the time, I didn't realize that DS didn't check for Simple vs Traditional Chinese and that they simply waited for the reg to fail. I then went to an Ascii-only domain reseller and successfully registered the punycode. However, it didn't REALLY work because no language tag was associated. I was, of course, given a credit when we all figured out what was going on.

Given that, I know that many IDNers have registered domains using the language tag that doesn't match (e.g. Icelandic for Spanish and French .info and .org). As long as it goes through, does this matter?

The same could be true for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Sometimes, a word is actually Chinese but is used in another language. At what point does the language tag really matter? Does anyone have any facts that might shed light on this question?
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