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    Re: XTNS Launches Multilingual Internet Domains Wi
    by Anonymous on Tuesday September 25 2001, @07:15PM (#2514)
    Hi fnord (what is your name by the way?). My name is Mike and I do not work for XTNS. I just dont take the time to sign in as a user. Call it a personal quirk.

    But I can tell you what I have been able to discover thus far: Yes the XTNS ML system is in all essential respects the same as the NSI ML system. Both use MS IE for resolution via the Realnames resolver servers. But they do not, as far as I can see, use the Realnames Keywords system: note that the ML names resolve much faster than keywords do. No bouncing around servers like Keywords or the early demo ASCII words from XTNS (if you saw any of those work).

    The ML seems to work entirely differently and has special MS code at the back end of IE to handle all ML domains. And they are handled the same for XTNS as for Verisign/NSI.

    Realnames haven't given exclusive rights to Japanese to those people: the story you link to is just about a representative they have appointed there to handle KEYWORDs. A totally different universe from the XTNS ML domains. From what I understand, Realnames themselves retained the rights to service JPNIC (for ml.jp in fully ml) and XTNS have exclusive rights over everything else Japanese that looks or smells like a domain name (whatever term they use to describe it). Similar deals in the other countries as I understand it from my contact at RealNames.

    As to XTNS and exclusivity, I think the writer was referring to the exclusive contract they have with Realnames. I agree not XTNS nor NSI nor anyone else has an exclusive on ML names as such. And I dont think that is what the write meant.

    As to your comment about vaporware, I do trust you noted that these XTNS ML words do work right now and there are examples on their site you can cut and paste into the Address Bar and see them work? Whatever went wrong with the launch of the ASCII names is really a pity if it got you thinking XTNS is less than it is. These guys are real, have substantial backing, and are all set to easily rival NSI or anyone else in the ML market. Moreover, their technology works and you can see it working this time (thank goodness).
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