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IDN wiki – adding Urdu and Thai

As you may know by now ICANN has launched an IDN wiki, with fully localized addresses, which is managed by a GREAT wiki team (consultants to ICANN) and a GREAT group of moderators that have volunteered to assist is supporting the various languages that the wiki currently is enabled in.

Is it possible to add new languages, and since we last announced this possibility (http://blog.icann.org/?p=290#more-290 ) we received requests for a few more.

For that reason ICANN announced yesterday that two additional languages have been added: Urdu and Thai. see the full announcement here (http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-05jun08-en.htm ), or go straight to the wiki via http://idn.icann.org or via one of the new access points:

Thai is internationalized on the fourth level and can be accessed via the following links:

http://ไทย.idn.icann.org

http://xn--o3cw4h.idn.icann.org

http://th.idn.icann.org

Urdu uses the same script as Persian and can therefore also be accessed through the Persian .test TLD.

http://نمونہ.آزمایشی

http://xn--hhbbbh02d.xn--hgbk6aj7f53bba

http://اردو.idn.icann.org

http://xn--mgbqf7g.idn.icann.org

http://ur.idn.icann.org

Clicking on the language names, or copying and pasting the Web addresses into the address line of a browser will lead to the new areas.

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    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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."