Testing Begins Monday on URLs Not Using Roman Alphabet

Susan Hall

After three years of testing, the organization that oversees the Internet address system has announced the first sites using domain names in languages other than English will be available to users starting Monday, reports PhysOrg.com.


Previously, though some sites' middle addresses were in languages other than English, they still had to use the Roman alphabet in the ending, such as .com or .net, explains Ars Technica.


Now, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will evaluate domain names for live sites completely in 11 popular languages: Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil.


The move is designed to get inexperienced computer users online in other countries, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Oct 15, 2007 2:24 AM cybersaur cybersaur  says:
Arabic, huh? That ought to give the wingnuts over at Fox "News" plenty to screech about. Why does the Internet hate America? Reply

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