[idn-discuss] Some Questions About IDN
I am part of this list for quite some time now. Recent mails and traffic on this list has prompted me re-kindle my interest in IDN. I am particulary interested to deploy and introduce IDN in Pakistan.
I have some questions concerning IDN which I hope experts on this list would mind answering:
1- I have searced the web but could not confirm that IDN has been implemented in any widely used DNS servers like BIND. Can anyone confirm is this correct?
2- What about browsers, like Firefox or IE? Is there any support available in these browsers at present?
3- Now an important question for me. Apart from the above implementations of IDNA in client and server, is there any other requirement that a non-english language needs to fulfill to start using Internationalized Domain Names? In particular, I have read somewhere in the RFCs about "Language-Specific Character Tables" which are to be developed prior to the usage of a language for IDN. *******What are these character tables?****** My language URDU is almost completely represented in UNICODE so that even websites with URDU unicode text are now available. Again, my question is: Is there something else also needs to be done apart from client and server side implementation of IDNA e.g. development of "Language-Specific Characater Tables". If so, what are these character tables.
Thanks in advance for any help about the above issues.
-- Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam