I came across this and noticed it works in Opera and Mozilla Firefox, but not Internet Explorer.
Anyone know what these international characters are doing in a web address?
I didn't know you could do that.
Maybe there is a translation into a bunch of other English letters and numbers because
that's what Mozilla showed after going there.
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They are "Internationalized Domain Names" see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalized_domain_names
The chinese etc names are fine. The bad thing is when people register names like "paypäl.com" (the second a has two dots), then send you an email saying "go here and log in". There are evem special "a"s that look exactly like normal "a"s on your screen. Ouch!
So never trust a domain name that you didn't type in yourself.
Hee, it's a Korean URL!
For me, it gets changed into
after entering the URL.
On the Wikipedia page which Rod posted the link to, it has many other examples which all get converted to a code of letters and numbers too.
But these ones doesn't seem to change:
Mozilla 1.4, Netscape 7.1, Opera 7.11 and Safari are among the first applications to support IDNA. A browser plugin is available for Internet Explorer 6 to provide IDN support. Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 7.0 and Windows Vista's URL APIs will provide native support for IDN.
That explains why it doesn't work in IE.