Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

The place for chat about anything not related to language.

Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby imbecilica » Thu 19 Nov 2009 9:13 am

According to these various articles, starting 2010, web addresses may be typed in scripts other than the Latin alphabet.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/int ... =221400225

http://www.ciol.com/Global-News/News-Re ... 9126944/0/

I think this will be an interesting concept considering it's been more than 40 years since the internet was created. Considering all the technological leaps forward since then, it's been a long time coming!

엄니그러트.컴 :)
Clicky > My BLOG
imbecilica
 
Posts: 177
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 8:37 am

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Neqitan » Thu 19 Nov 2009 4:35 pm

I heard of this months ago, and how it could potentially be used for phishing. For example, the Cyrillic <а>, <е>, <о> look exactly like Latin <a>, <e>, <o>, as well as the usual graphemes for /s/ and /r/: <с>, <р>.

This means that for example, I could create another site phishing omniglot.com by using cyrillic <o> for the first <o>, and you wouldn't even notice it. :)

This guy had even created that for paypal.com, changing the first <a> to Cyrillic a:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2 ... hac_1.html
(Though just as an example, and after the Paypal people contacted him he put the page down.)
User avatar
Neqitan
 
Posts: 397
Joined: Fri 17 Apr 2009 9:59 pm
Location: Canada

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Declan » Thu 19 Nov 2009 8:01 pm

That's an excellent point, I hope that people aren't caught out by that.
Native: English
Very good: Irish
Reasonable: German, French
Very basic: Latin.
Declan
 
Posts: 122
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 6:51 am

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Talib » Thu 19 Nov 2009 8:27 pm

I believe there are measures in place to prevent that.

Anyway, I had heard about this before and I agree it's long overdue.
العربية * 中文 * English * Français * Русский * Português * Español * हिन्दी/اردو * Deutsch * 日本語
Talib
 
Posts: 768
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 8:22 am
Location: Canada

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Sobekhotep » Fri 20 Nov 2009 12:07 am

Neqitan wrote:the Cyrillic <а>, <е>, <о> look exactly like Latin <a>, <e>, <o>, as well as the usual graphemes for /s/ and /r/: <с>, <р>.

:) That's what I used to get past censors on certain forums. :twisted:
ለሐዘበ ፡ ዘየደአ
User avatar
Sobekhotep
 
Posts: 714
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 4:53 am
Location: America's Dairyland

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Neqitan » Fri 20 Nov 2009 12:35 am

Talib wrote:I believe there are measures in place to prevent that.

Well, in some browsers it would be a little obvious. I think the current version of Internet Explorer always show non-Basic Latin characters with Percent-encoding on the status bar when you move the mouse over the link (even though URLs when copied from the URL bar are copied with Unicode in IE, when Firefox copies them with percent-encoding).
Sobekhotep wrote:
Neqitan wrote:the Cyrillic <а>, <е>, <о> look exactly like Latin <a>, <e>, <o>, as well as the usual graphemes for /s/ and /r/: <с>, <р>.

:) That's what I used to get past censors on certain forums. :twisted:

Me too, as well as MM online games when I used to play those things. :P

One nice example is [url=http://www.☺.com/]☺.com[/url] (U+263A WHITE SMILING FACE dot com). For instance, what do you see in the status bar when you pass the mouse over?

EDIT: It seems the forum won't accept the link without percent encoding, hmm... However I don't know how to do the convertion, and unfortunately the site is redirected to another one so can't copy the URL off Firefox either. But try pasting in the URL bar anyway.
Last edited by Neqitan on Fri 20 Nov 2009 12:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Neqitan
 
Posts: 397
Joined: Fri 17 Apr 2009 9:59 pm
Location: Canada

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Sobekhotep » Fri 20 Nov 2009 12:47 am

imbecilica wrote:According to these various articles, starting 2010, web addresses may be typed in scripts other than the Latin alphabet.

Isn't this already possible? I often browse the Japanese Wikipedia & all the article urls contain Japanese text.
ለሐዘበ ፡ ዘየደአ
User avatar
Sobekhotep
 
Posts: 714
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 4:53 am
Location: America's Dairyland

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby Talib » Fri 20 Nov 2009 5:21 am

For Wikipedia in other languages, the domain name is written in the Latin alphabet and the page name in the language, like this: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/日本語. I guess this means the entire URL could be written in a non-Latin script.
العربية * 中文 * English * Français * Русский * Português * Español * हिन्दी/اردو * Deutsch * 日本語
Talib
 
Posts: 768
Joined: Sun 19 Apr 2009 8:22 am
Location: Canada

Re: Web addresses to adopt new alphabets

Postby VROOR » Tue 24 Nov 2009 5:43 pm

I am looking forward for the following web-address to be made availible:
网路://满州丽雅.ᠮᠠᠨᠵᡠ.‍ᡤᡳᠰᡠᠨ/archives.记录
Image
ImageImage
User avatar
VROOR
 
Posts: 265
Joined: Thu 13 Aug 2009 6:40 pm
Location: Taiwan (R.O.C)


Return to General chat

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

cron