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Domain names revolution

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Soon people will be able to type domain names in non-Latin characters, for example Hebrew, Mandarin or Thai.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will allow the creation of domain names in different native languages that don’t use the Latin alphabet and will start receiving applications in November 16, 2009. Currently, people who’s language uses non-Latin characters have to switch their typing mode to enter a web address because the only way to do so is in the Latin alphabet , but this will no longer ought to be.

The ICANN was formed in 1998 and is dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

“Over half of the 1.6 billion users of the Internet today are born in a language group that does not use Latin scripts,” says Rod Beckstrom, the president and CEO of the not-for-profit public-benefit corporation.

If you live in a western country you may think this is not important nor relevant, but could you imaging typing a web address in a language that you are totally unfamiliar with? This can be a problem specially if you don’t spell the word correctly because you could easily be a victim of “phishing” scam.

Moreover this will help the internet to become more accessible for everyone regardless of their language.

For the official press release follow this link, ICANN Bringing the Languages of the World to the Global Internet.