Internationalizing Web Addresses
Tex Texin, Internationalization Architect, Yahoo! Inc., USA

Intended Audience: Content Developers, Site Coordinators, Technical Writers, Testers, Web Administrators, Web Designers, Manager, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst

Session Level: Beginner


  • Web Administrators, Designers, Developers, Testers, and Users will gain an understanding of recent standards than enable the use of non-English characters in Web addresses (Domain names and URIs).
  • Attendees will be able to identify addresses that conform and those that do not conform to current internet standards.
  • Attendees will be able to identify standards and features that should be included in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or Requests for Quotes (RFQs), or that should be evaluated before purchase of software for use on the Web.


Attendees will learn about the architecture of the internet with respect to domain names and URIs, and recent recommendations for the use of non-English characters within Web addresses.

The paper will provide the general concepts behind addresses, how Unicode fits in, and the current state of the art.