12/22/2005

Next IE Beta Will See Global Domains

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:59 am

Microsoft scheme converts domain names to readable format, adds security to avoid fraud.

The second beta release of Internet Explorer 7 will have support for URLs written in different languages, widely seen as critical for making the Internet more international, according to a Microsoft developer.

Showing the punycode would all but eliminate spoofing but it’s not user friendly, Gupta wrote. IE 7 will put restrictions on the scripts allowed to be displayed in the address bar based on the user’s browser language settings. If a domain name has characters that aren’t in the user’s chosen languages, the address will be shown in punycode, he wrote.

When IE 7 has prevented a domain name from being viewed as Unicode, an “information bar” notifies the user. Also new will be a “phishing filter” where target domain names are checked to see if it is a reported phishing site, Gupta wrote. The filter will also be able to determine if a domain name looks ambiguous, warning the user.

Source: pcworld.com

 

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