Konqueror and the KDE base libraries in CVS now support domain names written with names outside the usual strict 7-bit ASCII letters. This means that one can now register and access domain names written in proper letters for almost all languages in the planet, not just English. Konqueror is among the first browsers to support this new technology, developed in cooperation with VeriSign which has also been cooperating with the Safari and Mozilla teams (Mozilla IDN announcement and explanation).
The support was added into our base libraries several months ago, but last bugs were trimmed out only about a month ago. In the mean time, the drafts provided to us have been made official Internet standards (RFCs) and domain name registrars are starting to sell domain names encoded in other languages.
Although we have done basic tests with Konqueror and other base applications and the code seems to work fine, we are still expecting bugs to surface and intend to squash them quickly. It's my expectation that we will fix everything by the time KDE 3.2 is released.
The support currently requires the GNU IDN Library to be installed on your system. If that is so and you're using CVS HEAD, you can test the support at the following addresses:
Please note that KDE only supports the standards-compliant Punycode encoding. The IDN testbed led by VeriSign used another encoding (RACE) which has since been deprecated. Konqueror will therefore not work on those domains.