07 May, 2010

Non Latin Character Domain Names Live

Via the BBC:
Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name.

Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first countries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts....

The introduction of the first web names using so-called country code top-level domains (CCTLDs) is the culmination of several years of work by the organisation.

Previously, websites could use some non-Latin letters, but the country codes such as .eg for Egypt had to be written in Latin script.

The three new suffixes will allow web addresses to be completely written in native characters...

The Emirates country code is امارات.

The only example cited (but not linked!) in the story, the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, but a Google search yields the the URL http://www.mcit.gov.eg/. Has anyone have any examples?


samuraisam said...

Do they use www or ووو?

Brn said...

I think that they would use ووو. I took that point of the article that up until now you could have every part of the URL in Arabic script except the country code, which now can also be in Arabic. That may be wrong though. And without any examples (thanks again, BBC), I'm only inferring that.

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