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    Re: Verisign Announces Internationalized Domain Na
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday October 01 2001, @06:47PM (#2669)
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    No. You say email and ftp won't work, you also say they will. Does XTNS do email? They were promising a month ago that they were working on it. How does that jibe with what you say here? Saying there is almost no difference between the Verisign MLs and XTNS MLs is absurd. The Verisign ones should shortly be in the root, the XTBS ones will never be. You don't get that distinction? -g
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    Re: Verisign Announces Internationalized Domain Na
    by Anonymous on Tuesday October 02 2001, @06:09AM (#2678)
    The question fnord is do YOU get the distinction. I fear you don't ...

    You do understand don't you that the actual multilingual NSI IDNs themselves are NOT going in the root? That it is only the AMC-ACE-Z representations of them that are going in the root? And that this means that the IDNs themselves (the actual foreign language character set names) will NOT work with email or ftp clients?

    So if NSI IDNs are in the root and XTNS ones are not, what is the difference? The SOLE practical difference is that users will be able to manage their own zone files in a usual manner rather than having to manage them via NSI's mltbd.com site. That is the ONLY difference.

    You didn't think that these IDNs going in to the root would make them work like ascii TLDs such as ".com" ".biz" etc, did you? That email or ftp or etc would work? Not only every email and ftp client on the planet has been upgraded to understand Unicode, and that's years off, but every smtp server etc would have to be upgraded too ...

    EMAIL: Right now both NSI's IDNs and XTNS's mlDNs are identical in the way they handle email. In both cases there is an ASCII equivalent of every name (was coded in RACE, now in AMC-ACE-Z, which is thankfully about to get its first real name). Thus both of them handle email in the form "sam@bq--nnn.com" or similar.

    What XTNS was talking about is an advanced multilingual email client and web-based email scheme that will enable users to not have to enter the lengthy ASCII encoded versions of the ML names.

    Clear now?

    Repeat after me, even when the NSI IDNs go in to the root there will be in real terms no difference between them and XTNS mlDNs ... as surprising or hard to believe as that might be to those of you who thought that getting in to the root solved everything, enabled ftp/email/etc, and so forth. Sorry to be the one to burst your bubble guys.

    Postscript: all this is NOT to say that NSI's IDNs are lesser for this reality lesson. Not that they have been 'reduced' to the level of XTNS names. Rather, what NSI and XTNS are doing are BOTH needed and highly sought after services and the method of achieving the goals for now may not be perfect, but they are the best we have.
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