Next Generation Domain Names

On 30 October 2009, Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) was approved by ICANN Board in Korea, which was a great milestone in domain name industry, because it allows millions of non English speaking internet users around the world to use the web in their own language for the first time.

So let’s wait, in the coming future, we can use our next generation domain names like STARBUCKS.CAFE,  TRANSFORMER.FILM, SERVER.IBM, GMAIL.GOOGLE, BANANA.FRUIT, M.HAMBURGER, etc. It won’t be long.

One thing more exciting is, we will hopefully see many of our native languages in the next generation domain names, like WWW.淘宝.SHOP, WWW.한국어.CAR, WWW.عربي.FRIEND, etc. It won’t be long.

One of the leaders in domain name service industry, AusRegistry International, is now ready for the new challenges. Looking forward to seeing what benefits he will bring to us and the domain name service industry.

I have cited some information from ICANN website for your reference about the above terms I have mentioned.

What is IDN?

IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Name. IDNs are domain names represented by local language characters, or letter equivalents. These domain names could contain characters with diacritical marks (accents) as required by many European languages, or characters from non-Latin scripts (for example, Arabic or Chinese). IDNs make the domain name label as it is displayed and viewed by the end user different from that transmitted in the DNS.

What is gTLD?

gTLD stands for generic Top-Level Domain. A gTLD is part of the Internet’s global addressing system or Domain Name System (DNS). The term “gTLD” refers to the specific suffixes which appear at the end of Internet addresses and are used to route traffic through the Internet. There are different types of top-level domains, which help to identify specific types of organizations, associations or activities (see RFC 1591). Some gTLDs, such as .com or .info, are intended for general use. Others are intended for use by a specific community – such as .COOP for cooperative organizations.


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