Domain Name Changes

Last week domain-name overseer ICANN announced that sometime next year it will allow domain names that are not in the Latin alphabet. The first non-Latin domain names are expected to be in Chinese and Arabic.  It’s an inevitable  and perhaps overdue milestone in the Internet’s evolution into a global platform.

9 thoughts on “Domain Name Changes”

  1. International Domain Names have been going on for quite a while, I think since 2001, However, since then they havent innovated a foreign .com. SO for example, it would be xxxx(mandarin).com. However, in the future all the characters, including the .com, will be in a foreign language. I was told by a major IDN'er that ICANN will be offering the all foreign character websites to the people that own the (foreign language).com of them.

  2. This is a good change because “more than half of the 1.6 billion people who use the Internet speak languages with non-Latin scripts.” It’s about time that people will be able to use the Internet in their own language. This will make it more convenient for the older generation to at least try to attempt to use the Internet.

  3. what if an american wanted to access a foreign website (domain name), say for example, in arabic. wouldn't the letters of the website have to be in arabic, and therefore the american is bound to have an "arabic" option on the keyboard? would they have to create a software that provided all international characters? or go through the costs and hassle of producing international keywords? there may be an easier way out there that resolves this issue that is unknown to me, interested to know if so. just a thought 🙂

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