The latest versions of popular internet browsers, including Apple OS X’s Safari, Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), have failed to recognise new top level domains (TLDs), even though the new TLDs have been live on the Internet for several months.
Informal tests on multiple computers have revealed that .post and .cw addresses are not recognised by Safari 6 on Mountain Lion or the Windows 7 versions of Internet Explorer 9 and Chrome v24. Instead, the browsers redirect the addresses to the browser’s default search engine. In addition, Safari 6 no longer supports SX Registry’s .sx domains, even though Safari 5 does.
The gTLD .post was approved in October 2012, .cw went live in July 2012, and .sx has been live since early 2012.
The issue of the new gTLDs not being recognised by browsers is potentially one of the biggest threats to the long-term relevance of domain names. It is therefore essential for the problem of universal acceptance is resolved as soon as possible.