Unicode 6.0 Internationalized Domain Names

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Date: Fri Oct 29 2010 - 20:07:03 CDT

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    Mountain View, CA, USA – October 29, 2010 – The new version of Unicode
    Technical Standard #46, Unicode IDNA Compatibility Processing, has been
    updated for Unicode Version 6.0, adding support for 2,088 characters in
    internationalized domain names (IDN).

    The specification provides two main features for use with the new
    specification for internationalized domain names released in August 2010

        1. A comprehensive mapping to reflect user expectations for casing and
    other variants of domain names. This mapping is allowed by IDNA2008, and
    follows the same principles as in the previous version of that specification
    (IDNA2003, in force from 2003 until August). It thus provides users
    consistency between old and new versions.

        2. A compatibility mechanism that supports internationalized domain
    names valid under the IDNA2003 specification and the IDNA2008 specification.
    This second feature allows browsers, search engines, and other clients to
    handle both old and new domain names during the transitional period until
    registries update their rules to follow IDNA2008.

    UTS #46 supplies normative data tables that are synchonized with the latest
    version of Unicode, allowing implementations to update without recalculation.

    This new release of UTS #46 also provides a custom option to recognize
    legacy international domain names containing special ASCII characters such
    as "_".

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