Date: Fri Oct 29 2010 - 20:07:03 CDT
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
About The Unicode Consortium
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extend and promote use of the Unicode Standard and related globalization
standards. The membership of the consortium represents a broad spectrum of
corporations and organizations in the computer and information processing
Members are: Adobe, Apple, Google, Government of Bangladesh, Government of
India, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Oracle, The Society for Natural
Language Technology Research, SAP, The University of California (Berkeley),
The University of California (Santa Cruz), Yahoo!, plus well over a hundred
Associate, Liaison, and Individual members.
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