Lambda Image Host | character not being displayed

  • Lambda Image Host is an image hosting service, their address contains the lambda character λ
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda

    Whenever I open one of their links, the character get's changed to xn--wxa

    https://λ.pw/
    https://λ.pw/

  • Normal, sort of. Non-English characters are translated to "punycode" for DNS lookup; if the characters are not part of the standard code page for the locale then Opera displays the punycode form ...

    Some non-English characters look too similar to - or even exactly like - some English character or another. So that you will know that is not an actual English character, you see the punycode.

    You notice that isn't ".com" or even ".uk" or one of the more common top-level domains? The more common TLDs prevent people from registering domains using confusing letters. Since they do, Opera would show you λ in λ.com (if there were such a domain), but as .pw makes no assurance about confusing letters you get the unambiguous punycode.

  • nope, even when using .com http://λ.com it gets switched

    Firefox still presents the lambda sign, doesn't translate it to punycode, Chrome does tho, maybe this should be reported to Chromium devs?

  • I guess Chromium never implemented the IDNA whitelist.

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