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November 01, 2006

Website Address in Non Latin Characters?

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 11/01/2006 01:52:00 PM

China and Saudia Arabia are both testing website addresses in non-Latin characters within their own borders. That means they can type in URLs in their own language in addition to English. That would vastly expand the number of URLs available and also it would be interesting because the tests are being done without the blessing of ICANN which means that effectively these countries are setting up their own private Internet.

"We have 6,000 languages in the world. So should we register the name of countries - like Greece - in all 6,000?" Falstrom said.

Falstrom warned that fragmentation of the Internet - possibly through countries adopting separate language-based systems - would destroy the Web's basic usefulness. If that happens, people in China and the United States might reach entirely different Web sites if they type in the same address, or a browser might not recognize the address at all.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous pinoy stupid said...

I don't know. I think that would be defeating the main purpose of the internet, which is interconnection and an eventual transformation of the world into a global village. Surely, this interconnection has to arrive at some sort of compromise, and mainly, that would be the use of a uniform language.

3:59 PM  
Blogger MR WAVETHEORY said...

a uniform language would be the perfect solution. however, that is unlikely. fragmentation would really reduce the value of DNS. i would like to see icann move faster so that this fragmentation never occurs.

5:11 PM  

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