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There is no difference in the way internationalized domain names (IDNs) and conventional names are registered in the Domain Name System (DNS). However, before a name containing the extended range of characters that appear in IDNs can be entered into the DNS, it needs to be specially prepared and encoded. This process requires no effort on the part of the name holder. If you have difficulty entering an IDN that you wish to register in .museum in the registration forms at https://ens.museum/, please simply send your request by e-mail to email@example.com. In addition to the name itself, the request (whether submitted via the Web or e-mail) must state the language that is being used. A list of the languages available for IDN registration in .museum is maintained at http://about.museum/idn/language.html.
The request will be processed as any other and you will be notified when the name is available for registration via the authorized .museum registrars. The registrars adapt their own systems to IDN and each provides separate information about this. To avoid any risk for confusion or misunderstanding when communicating with your registrar, the response to your request will include the name in both its original and encoded forms.
Name holders should note that support for IDN is not yet included in all applications software. Anyone with a name containing characters from the extended range will probably find it useful to register a non-IDN equivalent. In the case of skånska.lättöls.museum, a user with software that is not IDN-aware would substitute an <a> for both the <å> and the <ä>, and an <o> for the <ö> before trying anything else. In order to ensure that this will lead to the intended destination, the name skanska.lattols.museum also needs to be registered.
Although not directly relevant to the registration process, there are contexts in which a more detailed understanding of the encoded form of the name will be useful. These are described in a separate tutorial text. This also describes how to use IDN without requiring any special support in either the authoring or reading environments.
Latest update: 2005-03-21