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24hr IDNwiki Report – What Do the User Stats Look Like?

The IDNwikis were released at 4.10am PDT 15 October 2007 (UTC – 7hours). While the primary reason for the IDNwikis is to evaluate fully localized domain names in different applications, I thought it might be interesting with some user stats and related information from here.

There was immediate traffic on all wikis, with the area with English content having the lowest traffic.

Discussions also started very quickly, being lead by the Arabic, Hindi, and Russian IDNwikis.

When reading the statistics and making comparisons below please take into consideration the time of day that the wikis were released as in some regions it was already late in the day. It is also necessary to keep in mind that there are many local language communities across the world that participated as well. With this in mind it is hard to compare statistics after such a short time. I will submit the same set of statistics when a full week have passed for easier comparison.

Page Requests and Users:

For the remaining time of the launch day (PDT time) there was approximately 16.000 unique users visiting the sites – with a total of 45.692 page requests served. That is, an average of about 3 pages per user.

Divided among the 11 IDN wikis this looks as follows:

Script Language %-share
Cyrillic Russian 52.69
IDN Main Gateway   19.06
Arabic Arabic 8.14
Greek Greek 3.31
Arabic Persian 3.60
Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana Japanese 3.16
Devanagari Hindi 2.62
Hangul Korean 2.06
Tamil Tamil 1.90
Chinese Chinese 1.73
Hebrew Yiddish 1.73
Total   100.00

Referral URLs:

There have been a lot of news articles online the past few weeks about the IDNwikis and evaluation forums being underway, and it is nice to see that visitors came directly from some of these articles. There is a long list of the referral URLs, but here is the top list of where the users came from:



Browser vendors:

Several browser developers have provided information on the IDNwikis about how to use IDNs and how to for example set your local user configuration to display one or more languages/scripts that you intend to use. In addition the IDNwikis also holds general and basic information about IDNs. We are currently talking to the IDNwiki moderators about translating this material, but combined this should help users get the best experience of IDNs as possible as well as provide them with a good platform for testing things out.

The top 10 browser vendors used by the wiki visitors as of Tuesday, 16 October 2007 10:00PDT, are divided as follows:

page requests

4879 MSIE
4671 Firefox
2290 Opera
1849 Netscape (compatible)
498 Baiduspider+(+http:
282 Safari
249 Mozilla
86 Konqueror
27 Camino
24 Apache

Taking a closer look at the individual IDNwikis the division looks as follows:
Arabic/Arabic Script IDNwiki:

page requests

385 MSIE
190 Firefox
156 Netscape (compatible)
56 Opera
12 Safari

Greek/Greek IDN wiki:

page requests

112 MSIE
109 Firefox
43 Opera
35 Netscape (compatible)
12 Safari

IDNwiki gateway:

page requests

1662 MSIE
1632 Firefox
270 Netscape (compatible)
149 Safari
98 Opera

Hindi/Devanagari Script IDNwiki:

page requests

73 Firefox
55 Netscape (compatible)
32 Opera
6 Mozilla

Japanese/ Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana Script IDNwiki:

page requests

111 MSIE
69 Firefox
34 Opera
16 Netscape (compatible)
8 WordPress

Korean/ Hangul IDNwiki:

page requests

155 MSIE
44 Firefox
21 Netscape (compatible)
19 Opera
3 Konqueror

Persian/Arabic Script IDNwiki:

page requests

223 MSIE
140 Firefox
108 Netscape (compatible)
23 Opera
6 Mozilla

Russian/Cyrillic Script IDNwiki:

page requests

2032 Firefox
1809 Opera
1431 MSIE
113 Mozilla
91 Netscape (compatible)

Tamil/Tamil Script IDNwiki:

page requests

79 Firefox
63 Opera
56 Netscape (compatible)
11 Mozilla

Chinese/ Traditional and Simplified Script IDNwiki:

page requests

961 Netscape (compatible)
569 MSIE
488 Baiduspider+(+http:
246 Firefox
86 Opera

Yiddish/Hebrew Script IDNwiki:

page requests

961 Netscape (compatible)
569 MSIE
488 Baiduspider+(+http:
246 Firefox
86 Opera


    Domain Name System
    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."