ICANN launches 11 Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)

ICANN finally managed to launch 11 internationalized domain names (IDN) yesterday, but like all things ICANN, these TLDs also appear to be as practical as .MUSEUM.
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Oct. 10, 2007 - PRLog -- Yesterday IASON detected the presence of 11 new top-level domains (TLD) in the ICANN/IANA namespace:

XN--0ZWM56D (or 测试)
XN--11B5BS3A9AJ6G (or परीक्षा)
XN--80AKHBYKNJ4F (or испытание)
XN--9T4B11YI5A (or 테스트)
XN--DEBA0AD (or טעסט)
XN--G6W251D (or 測試)
XN--HGBK6AJ7F53BBA (or آزمایشی)
XN--HLCJ6AYA9ESC7A (or பரிட்சை)
XN--JXALPDLP (or δοκιμή)
XN--KGBECHTV (or إختبار)
XN--ZCKZAH (or テスト)

Well, these are not normal (ASCII) TLDs, but TLDs in Punycode form, and representing different, non-Roman, foreign character sets (Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Persian, Tamil, Modern Greek, Arabic, and Japanese respectively).

According to Dr Joe Baptista's data, "ICANN/IANA have entered the new TLDs into the zone file but have failed to provide whois data for each one."

WHOIS data is used to determine the owner of a second-level domain (SLD) or top-level domain (TLD). WHOIS data may be missing because the new internationalized domain names (IDN) that ICANN/IANA has introduced really belong to no one, and are thus purely experimental.

Cesidian Root IDNs are not experimental, on the other hand, and have been resolving for quite some time now in the Cesidian Root.

With these TLDs, the ICANN/IANA namespace now has 281 Top-level domains. The Cesidian Root resolves an additional 50 TLDs (331 TLDs in total), distributed as follows: Cesidian Root proper (24 TLDs), China Ministry of Information Industry (MII) Root (3 TLDs), Arabic Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Root (4 TLDs), and i-DNS.net Root (19 TLDs).

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The Cesidian Root is an intercontinental Internet that was started September 30, 2005 by the Most Rev Dr Cesidio Tallini and Massimiliano Mastrocinque, a brilliant Italian IT. The Cesidian Root was started for the benefit of Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Worlders, unrepresented peoples at any international body. The Cesidian Root currently resolves the entire ICANN namespace (281 TLDs), as well as 50 additional TLDs from 4 other roots.

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