.NU Domain Supports IETF Standards, Has International Domain Names up and Running

.NU Domain Supports IETF Standards, Has International Domain Names up and Running

Friday March 14, 11:53 am ET

.NU Domain’s International Characters Require No Software Upgrade or Browser Plug-In

MEDFIELD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 14, 2003–The .NU Domain Ltd, today announced that it supports the International Domain Names (IDN) standard recently published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Since the year 2000, .NU Domain has supported local language characters for all known languages including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic Hebrew, Icelandic, and Cyrillic. Currently, thousands of customers around the world are using international characters in their .NU domain names.

Unlike VeriSign’s (Nasdaq:VRSN News ) recently announced system, which will not be available until late summer and which requires users to install a software plug-in web browser upgrade to access their international character .com domain names, accessing an international character .NU domain name is seamless and transparent to the user – no software or plug-ins need be installed.

“.NU Domain’s Multi-Lingual Web Address® service has been successfully up and running since July, 2000 and is currently being used by thousands of customers in Sweden and worldwide,” said J. William Semich, president and CEO of .NU Domain. “We have been at the forefront of implementing International domain names since the inception of our company. We believe that supporting the IETF requirements for multi-lingual characters in domain names is critical to expand Internet use to all the people of the world, not just the English speaking community.”

.NU Domain is compatible with all the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards related to IDN. Following are three recently approved RFCs (Request for Comment) that relate to the standardized implementation of IDNs from the IETF:

   --  IDNs in Applications (IDNA) RFC 3490 (published March 2003)
   --  Name Preparation (nameprep) RFC 3492 (published March 2003)
   --  Encoding Scheme (punycode) RFC 3491 (published March 2003)

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, is the leading commercial Top Level Domain Name Registry serving Northern Europe. It is also the only Top Level Domain in the world that can support the complete UNICODE international character set in Web addresses, using its unique patent-pending technology. .NU Domain Ltd targets international end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market. Besides its free blogging service at http://www.blogga.nu , .NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Service that provides a quick, five-page mini Web site, or URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, AOL or other personal Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU e-mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at http://www.nunames.nu .