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Multi-lingual Domain Names Coming Soon

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) seems all set to come up with some handy propositions in a bid to make the internet a more amicable entity to the millions of users across the globe.

The global regulator on Monday asserted that it is pondering over plans to adopt a multi-lingual system, which would include Asian and Arabic scripts, for denoting uniform resource locators (URLs), as web addresses are known in the virtual diction.

The global internet watchdog will use its week-long meeting in Seoul to this effect, and will discuss the best ways to implement non-English web domains to let a comparatively larger chunk of people make the most out of the internet.

The organisation noted that the upcoming conference will “set a milestone” in creating Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), as it looks forward to a rather speedy process for a handful of governments and administrations.

The fast-track procedure is being needed in order to meet the immediate requirements of these governments, along with offering a proof-of-concept form for the continuing roll-out of IDNs.

Rod Beckstrom, chief executive for the ICANN, said in a statement: “This is one of the most exciting developments for users of the internet globally in years. IDNs will enable people the world over to use domain name addresses in their own language”.

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