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I'm thinking of getting a non-ASCII Internationalized Domain Name (e.g. thé.com). However my current domain registrar doesn't do IDNs. Their web form reports an invalid domain name when I try to enter it, and they claim they don't support it. Could I just register the puny code (in this case xn--th-cja.com) with the registrar? Or do I need to go to a special IDN 'aware' domain registrar?

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Farseeker please don't comment if you have no clue what you're talking about.. Check out some thai keywords on google.co.th .. Thai IDN's are already showing up on the first few pages of results... Unicode not Punycode.

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First off, answers are for answers to the questions only. Farseeker wasn't commenting; he actually answered the question. And what exactly does your comment have to do with Farseeker's answer? –  Lèse majesté Jan 26 '12 at 7:19

When you type an IDN for a non-IDN-supported TLD, FireFox goes and converts it into punycode instantly. Try it yourself: http://español.com/ 1 - you'll see it takes you to a parked domain.

This indicates that yes, you can register the punycode against the registrar and it will work, but perhaps not as you intended.

1SE's markup doesn't detect IDN urls, so you'll have to just copy/paste.

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Yes, that's what I thought. However do you have an experience doing that? What do you mean "work, but not as you intended"? –  Rory Dec 10 '10 at 9:48
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@Rory - you can register the punycode, and it will work if you go to the punycode formatted address. However if you type the IDN version of your domain name, it will "redirect" to the punycode version, so you won't really have an IDN. More like a pseudo-IDN. –  Mark Henderson Dec 10 '10 at 22:57

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