NetworkWorld: NSI to test multilingual domain name system
Aug 23, 2000, 22:31 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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."