Friday, October 30, 2009

ICANN will allow domain names with non-Latin characters

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will allow Internet addresses to be spelled with non-Latin (that is, English and Roman alphabet, as in most Indo-European languages) characters, starting in the middle of 2010. The New York Times story is by Choe Sang-Hun, “Internet Addresses Can Use New Scripts”, web URL link here. For example, domain names with Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Korean characters will exist.

ICANN has a video on the announcement on its website and a PDF position paper on how it will implement the change (to the process for developing and submitting an “IDN ccTLD” here.

ICANN also displays an “Affirmation of Commitments by the United States Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”.

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