Web Development Briefs: INWW, Enshrine, XML

Web Development Briefs: INWW, Enshrine, XML

Domain names go Chinese

Melbourne IT subsidiary Internet Names Worldwide (INWW) has begun accepting registrations for domain names in Chinese.

It is the first domain name registrar to offer the service that has been accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

INWW president Clive Fiory expects the Chinese domain names to prove popular in both Asia and other nations with a strong Chinese community presence.

"The registration of domain names in languages other than English represents a significant milestone in providing access to Internet resources for the vast majority of non-English speakers in the world," he said.

INWW now expects to offer a similar service for Japanese, Korean, Tamil and Arabic.

Security Enshrined

Enshrine, a Web server certificate developed by KPMG Consulting and Dun and Bradstreet, will gain premium exposure through a strategic acquisition - the two companies have signed with Web hosting powerhouse WebCentral.

WebCentral has been appointed as a channel partner for KPMG and Dun and Bradstreet, meaning that Enshrine will now be offered as an optional extra to the broad range of business customers that use WebCentral to host their sites.

Enshrine is a continuously monitored digital certificate which appears on e-commerce sites as a padlock icon. It validates sites according to cross-checks with Dun and Bradstreet's database of registered Australian companies and traders, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and domain name registries.

XML in Sydney

Following hot on the heels of the Object World developer conference in Sydney later this month, is the 7th annual XML Asia-Pacific conference.

From October 31 to November 3, Sydney's Hilton Hotel will host the conference that touts XML as "the future of electronic commerce".

The conference will consist of four keynote addresses, XML user group meetings and tutorials split into management, technical, developer and Defence strands. Attendees will be happy to note that the conference also includes two cocktail parties.

Keynote speakers include Phillip Merrick of webMethods (on XML and B2B integration), Lauren Wood of SoftQuad (on the future of XML), Bill Smith of Sun Microsystems (on Oasis), Doug Tidwell of IBM (on XML for Web site management) as well as a presentation by Sue Hoylen of the Worldwide Web Consortium (on the role of the W3C).

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