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This may soon be a reality!

Hebrew, Hindi, other scripts get Web address nod . Link

ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the regulating authority for domain names and accreditation authority for website registrars, announced support to non-latin characters (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and Hindi) in web addresses and they could be a reality by middle of next year.

ICANN has also called this the ‘biggest change’  since the inception of the internet in its crudest form 40 years ago.

More info from ICANN here:


“The coming introduction of non-Latin characters represents the biggest technical change to the Internet since it was created four decades ago,” said ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush. “Right now Internet address endings are limited to Latin characters – A to Z. But the Fast Track Process is the first step in bringing the 100,000 characters of the languages of the world online for domain names.”

ICANN’s Fast Track Process launches on 16 November 2009. It will allow nations and territories to apply for Internet extensions reflecting their name – and made up of characters from their national language. If the applications meet criteria that includes government and community support and a stability evaluation, the applicants will be approved to start accepting registrations.

Can’t help thinking how the translations of spellings and phonetics will cause confusion, for eg., is it ऊबरदेशी or ऊबरदेसी  or something totally different.

What about e-mail addresses? If I can be sidhu@ऊबरदेसी .com , can an American reader send an e-mail to me, or will there be isolation of heavily regional traffic driven websites?

It is indeed a big challenge to adapt to and technical possibilities opening up, apparently the biggest hurdle was security and measures have been put in place by ICANN and related bodies.

P.S: Non-English characters for the post created at http://www.quillpad.in/

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