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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reports that software developers and Webmasters need to keep track of its new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program to ensure that users are able to reach the domains starting in early 2013.

In the past, ICANN has observed problems with software not recognizing new gTLDs. Even now, some Web-based registration forms may reject email addresses using the domain .info. The new .xxx domain has seen similar problems, with neither Skype nor Twitter recognizing it. ICANN's Kim Davies says coders often do not need to do a domain check, and, if they do, they should use the Domain Name System (DNS).

ICANN also publishes a free list of live TLDs daily for offline applications that may not be able to access the DNS right away. "The technology is pretty settled, the issue now is awareness," Davies says.

Similar problems could be caused by software that does not recognize new internationalized domain names that use non-Latin characters. However, the problem may eventually take care of itself, Davies speculates. "With the proliferation of many more TLDs I think awareness will naturally increase," she says.

From Register (UK) 
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