Fwd: "International Domain Names" support in KDE

Martin Konold konold at kde.org
Fri Jan 24 22:20:42 GMT 2003

On Wednesday 22 January 2003 01:45 pm, Thiago Macieira wrote:


> David Faure wrote:
> >Does anyone know which parts of KDE would need to me modified to work
> >with the new "International Domain Names" standard from the IETF?

> Most of the code already uses QString internally and I've specifically

> input. The current functions don't handle anything else than ASCII, so no
> matter what the conversion is, it would generate an invalid char for a DNS
> lookup.

AFAIK the IDN only use ascii on the wire (in order not to break the internet 
infrastructure like DNS servers,...)

The enconding used is going to be the well known escape character approach. In 
order to avoid races for domain names the escape character has not been 
published sofar.

The job of KDE is then to encode and decode these escaped sequences into UTF-8 
whenever we interact with the user.

Dipl.-Phys. Martin Konold
e r f r a k o n
Erlewein, Frank, Konold & Partner - Beratende Ingenieure und Physiker
Germanenstrasse 15, 70563 Stuttgart, Germany
email: martin.konold at erfrakon.de

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