[nSLUG] do non-latin TLD's work on older systems?

Daniel Morrison draker at gmail.com
Mon May 10 17:25:07 ADT 2010

It seems the link in the blog post has already been converted to punycode.

However if I click on a link from this page:

they are displayed in my URL bar in the native character set. For example:




Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.2) Gecko/20100124 Firefox/3.6


But perhaps they are doing something interesting there. I notice I get
extra characters if I highlight the link.

On 10 May 2010 11:13, Hatem Nassrat <hnassrat at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, May 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I'd be interested to know how older software handles the new TLD's.
>> Do all linux
>> browsers display the URL's in punycode?
> Opera and safari (not linux) work, whereas the other browsers are still to
> catch up. I am assuming all that safari/opera is doing is detecting the
> "xn--..." sequence and decoding it. I believe the xn-- form is how the
> browsers do dns lookups and other url related requests from the server. I
> haven't read the full article but I would think some of the details are
> mentioned here:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalized_domain_name
> --
> Hatem Nassrat

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