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NetworkWorld: NSI to test multilingual domain name system

Aug 23, 2000, 22:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George A. Chidi JR.)

"Arabic doesn't translate well in Web addresses, and neither does Japanese, Hebrew, Chinese, Swedish, or any of dozens of languages with letters absent from a standard Roman-lettered keyboard. The Internet is global, but Web addresses are not, a state of affairs that domain registrar Network Solutions Inc. says it intends to improve."

"NSI Tuesday said it would start a test program allowing registration of multilingual domain names in 55 languages and character sets through the 60 or more registrars accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. California i-DNS.net International, which developed a system for the Domain Name System to recognize non-ASCII characters, will supply the technology for the test, NSI said. Among the languages that will be supported are Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Hebrew."

"About 95% of the people in the world don't speak English as their primary language, and about 70% of those online don't speak English, O'Shaughnessy said, noting that the issue is particularly pressing in Asia, the fastest growing area for Internet use."

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