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Non-Latinate Characters Coming in Domain Names

Ray Drainville

So says ICANN. How long will it be before we start seeing phishing scams for visiting Microsoƒt.com?

And, more importantly, how many people will fall for it?

All joking aside, this could open up a huge jug of hurt for end-users. End-users have become completely used to a basic basic Latin character set & are wholly unaware of the variations that can occur. Whilst my example above is blindingly obvious, less obvious examples—such as using the dot-less ‘i’ in Turkish— could cause no end of problems. Don’t get me wrong, this is a necessary step; it’s merely a question of how we cope with the change.