[UA-discuss] Language - how do you refer to non-ASCII to a non-technical audience?

Don Hollander don.hollander at icann.org
Sun Jul 24 04:54:57 UTC 2016

Thanks Dave.

What if your grandmother is living with you in Bangkok.   Is a domain name in Thai really then an international domain name?


> On 24/07/2016, at 5:38 AM, Dave Crocker <dcrocker at bbiw.net> wrote:
> On 7/22/2016 3:41 PM, Jothan Frakes wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 12:21 PM, Don Hollander <don.hollander at icann.org
>> <mailto:don.hollander at icann.org>> wrote:
>>    I’ve been grappling with this for la very long and now find out I’m
>>    not the only one.
>>    So, how would you simply refer to IDNs.
> Having scanned the various responses and having thought a bit about what's likely to be easy for someone's grandmother, I'm afraid I can't think of anything better than international domain names.
> There are two types of goals for a term.  One is that it is automatically understandable, without explanation.  The other is that a simple explanation is sufficient to make it comfortable for future use.
> An average non-technical (and even most technical) person is likely to assume the term means that it's registered in some other country or refers to a place that is in another country, or the like.  So we lose on the 'automatic' goal.  I can't think of anything likely to win, because the very concept of different scripts is to obscure for most folk.
> But I think that a pretty simple explanation will suffice for later uses of the term.
> mumble.
> d/
> -- 
>  Dave Crocker
>  Brandenburg InternetWorking
>  bbiw.net

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