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Eeek - .NU Domains using Ö, Ä, Å, Ü, Ñ - And More

  • From: Kai Schlichting
  • Date: Thu Jan 06 17:58:14 2000

Fellow NANOG readers,

The following is sure to
a.) break a lot of things DNS, Mail and Web-wise
b.) have major impact in the form of confused customers calling
     your customer service departments
c.) will hopefully fail.

If the .NU people think they can undo RFC 1035 section 2.3.1
(see ) and bury interoperability
at large for nothing else but sleazily gaining some commercial advantage
in the registrar business, they are *so* wrong.


>From: [email protected]
>To: [email protected]
>Subject: Announcing .NU Domains using Ö, Ä, Å, Ü, Ñ - And More
>Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 11:00:00 -0500
>X-Mailer: Allaire ColdFusion Application Server
>Hello;                                  January 6, 2000
>NU domain now has a new, exclusive service available - Support for your local
>language character set in any .NU Domain name you have already registered. 
>You can pre-register today at
>Technical staff at .NU Domain, working under the guidance of 
>Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Internet's Domain Name
>System (DNS), are developing an updated version of the DNS software
>used on the internet which allows .NU Domain to provide this unique
>service. Although the service is in its Beta or early test period, .NU
>Domain will now accept pre-registrations of domain names that use
>Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and a wide
>range of other European character sets in any .NU Domain name.
>Examples which we are currently testing include: 
>http://SödraKä, http://Fö, 
>http://domä and http://tillbehö
>For more information on this test, and the current limitations of the service,
>please see 
>NU domain is now giving all current customers an advance opportunity 
>to pre-register for this service, for a one-time fee of US$35. Since 
>the service requires that you already have an "English Alphabet" .NU 
>domain name registered and active (using only ASCII characters 
>a-z, 0-9), we have decided to postpone public announcement of this
>new European character set  service in order to allow our existing
>customers to get first choice to pre-register their preferred domain
>names using Swedish or other European language characters such as
>Ö, Ä, Å, Ü, or Ñ.
>To pre-register now, and to qualify to take part in our test of this
>unique new service, please go to 
> and log in to modify your
>current .NU domain name to add this new service. Current policies 
>expect that your pre-registered domain name will be similar to your
>current .NU domain name, with the addition of a Swedish or other
>language's character(s) (for example, and domä
>We will start accepting public registrations for this new service, which 
>will require registration of an English alphabet .NU domain name as well,
>starting next week (January 10, 2000), on a first-come, first-served basis.
>And remember - no other Top Level domain in the world offers
>this unique service. So we expect public interest - and registration rates - to
>be very strong once we announce the service.
>Although we are not yet offering pre-registration for Asian names (using
>Japanese, Chinese and other characters) we expect to also support those
>language sets in the near future. Customers in Japan may want to contact
>NU Certified Registrar,,, for more
>information (email [email protected]).
>If you have any questions about this new service, please contact our
>support desk at [email protected] or email me directly.
>Many thanks for your continuing support for .NU domain!
>Bill Semich
>President and Founder
>NU Domain Ltd