In I can't read this WHOIS output! I note how people are growing accustomed to using their local languages or scripts when they visit web pages and use Internet applications. I explain how the Whois, an application that provides contact and DNS information associated with Domain Names, largely continues to use US-ASCII7 characters.
I recently recorded a podcast with Scott Pinzon where I explain the complexities around making Whois function for a global, multi-lingual audience. Click on the above image to play the podcast.
1 Why virtually any language but not all? Certain languages are not part of the UNICODE standard. Lamentably, neither Vulcan nor Klingon are present; Klingonare fans can take some comfort that a Unicode Private Use Area has been defined for Klingon alphabet and the assignment block is registered at the ConScript Unicode Registry.