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ICANN approves non-Latin script

2009-11-03 15:15 BJT

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has approved the use of Chinese, Hindi, Korean and other scripts not based on the Latin alphabet for Internet addresses. The decision is set to make the Web dramatically more inclusive.

The I-CANN board voted to allow the use of the scripts in domain names at the conclusion of a week-long meeting in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Internet users could start seeing them in use early next year, particularly in Chinese, Arabic, and other scripts in which demand has been among the highest.

Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President & Chief Executive, said, "This represents a day one small step for ICANN and the IATF, but it represents a very important and significant step for half of the world of Internet users,those who use non-Latin scripts in their own language. This helps us to live up to our shared goals of one world, one Internet, everyone connected, now in people's own scripts."