Domain Names Start Internationalization Process

ICANN, the agency that oversees domain names, has started the process of including international characters sets within Internet addresses.  At this point, it is only a single site, which has a single page, but it is the first test.  This site’s URL is available in 11 alphabets: Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese, and Tamil.

At this point, the domain itself must still end in one of the current top level domains, e.g., com, edu, org.  However, after the initial domain, the rest of the address can include characters from other characters sets.

This is the first step in allowing those from other countries surf the web totally in their own language.

[from Ars Technica]

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