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I just bought several Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) from GoDaddy. I have a VPN with hostgator and when I add an account with WHM and then I go to that site with a link that has the IDN, it displays in the browser as the puny-code. How can I make the browser display the correct encoding, instead of the puny-code?

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This will be dependent on client-side browser settings. Are you just wanting to do this for your own testing, or are you wanting to somehow configure your server/pages so that the nice IDN is displayed as intended in the browser for all users? – w3dk Oct 27 '12 at 8:48
Yes, the latter. – jeffslofish Oct 27 '12 at 18:29

The browser is showing the punny-code as a way to protect you from phishing sites. There are several Unicode glyphs who are virtually indistinguishable one from another.

which is the good one?

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Which web browsers have you tried and what tld(s) are the idn domains for?

Firefox supports IDN but only for some tld's - go to about:config in the firefox address bar and search for idn to see the list.


.ws isn't on firefox's whitelist, they have a page here:


That has links to there policy documents and details on how to get a tld added. You could enable IDN for .ws in your own copy of firefox by adding network.IDN.whitelist.ws with the value true to about:config.

That will only work for you of course...

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I have tried Chrome, and the tld is .ws. – jeffslofish Oct 27 '12 at 5:42
and I just tried Firefox. That doesn't work either. But Safari does work! It would be nice if they all did. This is on OSX btw. – jeffslofish Oct 27 '12 at 5:44

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