The work of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) is to enable people to register domain names using non-ASCII characters, such as those found in non-Latin scripts like Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, or Japanese. This allows people to use their native language or script to access websites, search for information, and communicate online.
Before the introduction of IDNs, domain names were limited to ASCII characters, which made it difficult for people using non-Latin scripts to access the internet in their own language. IDNs remove this limitation, making the internet more accessible and inclusive for people around the world.
IDNs work by converting non-ASCII characters into a standardized ASCII-compatible format called Punycode, which allows the domain name to be registered and resolved using the existing Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. This means that IDNs can be used with existing web browsers and other internet applications without requiring any additional software or infrastructure.
Features & Benefits
For better services we would need to register an IDN domain name that corresponds to their brand or business name in the relevant language or script. This can be done through a domain name registrar that supports IDNs.
Once the company has registered an IDN domain name, they can use it to create a website or other online services that are accessible to users in that language or script. For example, if a company registers an Arabic IDN domain name, they can use it to create a website that is fully in Arabic, including the domain name itself.
To ensure that the website is fully accessible to users who are using non-Latin scripts, the company would need to ensure that the website’s content is also available in the relevant language or script. This may require the use of a different character encoding or font for the website’s text, as well as translations of any images, videos, or other multimedia content.
Overall, by using IDNs, companies can make their online services more accessible to a wider range of users, particularly those who are more comfortable using non-Latin scripts.