Today, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) released two reports aimed at measuring the state of popular browsers and websites and their ability to handle all domain names – including new, longer, or non-Latin top-level domain names (TLDs) or non-Latin email addresses.
The “Evaluation of Websites for Acceptance of a Variety of Email Addresses” report (UASG017) found that of the 749 websites tested, just 7 percent passed all the test cases, which included attempts to register seven diverse types of email addresses – both in non-English language and those with top-level domains longer than the traditional two or three characters.
After testing 17 URLs in eight browsers on six different operating systems, “The Universal Acceptance of Popular Browsers” report (UASG016) found only one – Internet Explorer – was fully UA-compliant. The majority had challenges with non-English domain names. In these cases, the browser either displayed search results instead of loading the expected web page or did not render URLs properly in the tab title bar.
According to the reports, while there is some achievement of Universal Acceptance (or UA – making sure all email addresses and all domain names can be successfully used online), many problems still exist.
“Since 2010, the common infrastructure of the Internet has evolved, allowing for longer TLDs (and email address based on those TLDs) and for domains that represent geographically diverse local scripts (e.g., 普遍接受-测试.世界, ua-test.世界,etc.). These new domain names allow people to choose an online name that best reflects their own sense of identity. And yet, the software development community still has work to do to apply these Internet standards to their online systems.”
“The UASG’s goal with the reports is to educate the software development community on the state of Universal Acceptance, and highlight specific areas where companies can improve and become UA-compliant. Businesses and governments – or any organization with an online presence – have an interest in becoming UA-compliant, as it significantly opens access to worldwide users who have yet to meaningfully leverage Internet participation. UA opens a truly multilingual Internet, fosters competition, and provides new and meaningful options for online identities.”
It seems that dedicating the required man power to tackle these difficult tasks is not a top priority for most companies. There is so little reward. The TLDs should help these companies by creating a framework that can be used by this old software. You can’t expect all these expenses only to satisfy a very small percentage of their users or clients.
And ICANN is the first to blame for all this mess. First you plan and prepare and then you make the release. But all they care is crabbing the money fast and let the others care later.