A new toolkit has been unveiled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for website designers and software application developers so that new top-level domains (TLDs) created since 2001 are recognized in software and online applications.
The ICANN toolkit will save developers and site operators both time and money by eliminating the need to reprogram their systems when a new top-level domain is added.
The code from ICANN can be inserted into existing programs or applications, and will automatically check the validity of an email address or URL against DNS data. Once installed, no additional updates are required.
Changes that occur will be automatically noted by the program. The program is now in its third Beta version and more improvements are planned based on user feedback.
“It wasn’t so long ago that .COM and .NET – the last bit of a domain name – were largely the only options for Internet users. Now, in addition to more than 240 country code TLDs, there are also .AERO, .BIZ, .CAT, .COOP, .INFO, .JOBS, .MOBI, .MUSEUM, .NAME, .PRO, .TEL, .TRAVEL.”
“Another, .ASIA, is expected to be added shortly,” said Kim Davies, the Technical Liaison for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), who helped design the toolkit. IANA is a function performed by ICANN.
“This choice is a good thing but some users of these new domains have had problems using e-commerce and other websites that don’t recognize some new top-level domains. That means email and website addresses from some of these TLDs get rejected as invalid,” Davies said.
“The toolkit helps fix that problem for Internet users by making sure software developers and application providers have the most up-to-date information about the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).”
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