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    Multi-lingual Domain Names XTNS Launches Multilingual Internet Domains With Sunrise Period.
    posted by michael on Tuesday September 25 2001, @03:36PM

    XTNS writes "Pasadena based XTNS has launched the first fully multilingual widely accessible Internet domains in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew and Arabic, and opened a sunrise period for pre-registration applications."

    Initially XTNS is launching a single general domain namespace which is a translation of the term in each language for doing business on the Internet translated into six key international languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew and Arabic. Unlike traditional domain names, including the Internationalized Domain Names launched by NSI/Verisign, XTNS's domains read from right to left: XTNS's choice of format was prompted by the fact that readers of each of these initial six languages are used to reading characters either right to left or top to bottom and right to left. XTNS is also working on an enhanced navigation window feature for users working in languages that traditionally read top to bottom that will allow them to enter XTNS domains in that format, too.

    [....] XTNS has opened a sunrise period in which applicants may make pre-registration applications for any name within any of the six different language domains. And they may do so in any language in the world, not just the six launch languages used for the domains themselves. The fee for filing an application is $5, and annual registration fees for these new names is $30 a year. Priority will be given during this sunrise period to applicants who present a claim of intellectual property ownership rights to any given name. Applications will otherwise, however, be handled on a purely first come, first served basis and the priority given to owners of trademarks and service marks will expire at the end of the initial sunrise period. The sunrise period is set to run for 30 days and will expire at midnight on October 24, 2001.

    [I've cut out most of the press release submitted by XTNS, but you can read the full text here.-mf]

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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Tuesday September 25 2001, @04:35PM (#2509)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    As mentioned in earlier discussion of XTNS, these names are not really domain names at all; they're an add-on to a proprietary keyword system that works only in the MSIE browser -- not in Netscape, Opera, Lynx, Konquerer, WebTV, ..., nor can they be used in email, FTP, IRC, Ping, Traceroute, Telnet, ...
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    Re: XTNS Launches Multilingual Internet Domains Wi
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday September 25 2001, @07:39PM (#2513)
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    Anon writes:
    They have exclusive rights to the multilingual names other than the Verisign Internationalized Domain Names from what I hear...
    Where did you hear that and who did you hear it from? No-one, not even VeriSign, and certainly not XTNS, has exclusive rights to multilingual names.

    A few more questions. Is the XTNS ML system identical to the VeriSign ML system, or is it different? If the latter, in which way(s) is it different? Are the XTNS non-multilingual names first announced on August 15th and supposedly able to go functional 72 hours after registration functioning yet, or was it a typo that should have read 72 days? The last excuse given here some weeks ago was that Microsoft had made a change to its Internet Explorer browser that called up the MSN search page and that was interfering with XTNS. While MicroSoft did make such a change (which wasn't at the browser level) there was never any explanation, technical or otherwise, as to why that would interfere with XTNS. As XTNS uses the RealNames system, and as RealNames works with the modified IE, when will your non-ML names work? And speaking of RealNames, it seems they've given the exclusive right to Japanese to someone else. There is also no mention on the RealNames site of their relationship with XTNS, don't you find this curious?

    Finally, who are you? I'm willing to call XTNS a scam and put my name on it and risk being sued. You're just an anonymous shill selling the most recent version of XTNS vaporware. -g

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    Re: But then again, DO remember ...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday September 26 2001, @03:42AM (#2521)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I don't know where you anonymous flack(s) keep getting the lie that XTNS does not call their names "domain names". Until recently, that exact phrase was in large type at the front of their website. Now they've redesigned it a little, but there's still an opening animation asking "Does your domain name look like this.... when it can look like this!" (where the first "this" is actually not a domain name at all, but a full URL with protocol and file path; the second "this" is an XTNS name).

    Elsewhere in the site, they refer to what they sell as "domains", which is, I guess, technically not quite the same as "domain names".
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    Virtually Universally?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday September 26 2001, @03:43AM (#2522)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I guess I'm not part of your virtual universe, since I use the Mozilla browser, preferring not to be a party to handing over hegemony over the Web to Microsoft.
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    Re: Did someone say refunds?
    by simon on Wednesday September 26 2001, @11:20AM (#2547)
    User #2982 Info | http://www.nic.pro/
    They don't have to refund, because they didn't charged their customers.

    But XTNS' non-multilingual names will never work!
    Do you think Microsoft will give this free traffic to XTNS? LoLnic.PRO will be back online soon with FREE sub-domains. Dowload the FREE plug-in at
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