Solaris 10 What's New

Code Conversions for Internationalized Domain Name Support

This feature is new in the Solaris Express 10/03 release and revised in the Solaris Express 8/04 release. For Solaris 9 users, this feature is new in the Solaris 9 4/04 release.

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) enables the use of non-English native language names as host and domain names. To use such non-English host and domain names, application developers must convert such names into ASCII Compatible Encoding (ACE) names in their applications as specified in the RFC 3490. System administrators and end users are also required to use ACE names in existing system files and applications where the networking or system administration applications do not yet support the non-English IDNs.

This feature aids in the conversion by providing the conversion API with various supported option arguments, a dedicated IDN encoding conversion utility, and iconv code conversions. Refer to the following man pages for more detail:

For further information, see the International Language Environments Guide.