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 Thursday, 25 March 2010

Four countries and two territories have won preliminary approval to have Internet addresses written entirely in their native scripts as early as this summer.

Rules are being developed to make sure that addresses in either script go to the same Web sites. Since their creation in the 1980s, Internet domain names such as those that end in ".com" have been limited to 37 characters: the 10 numerals, the hyphen and the 26 letters in the Latin alphabet used in English. Technical tricks have been used to allow portions of the Internet address to use other scripts, but until now, the suffix had to use those 37 characters.


(Source: AP)

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Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:34:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Nearly a decade after it introduced a program to internationalize domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to take another step on Friday. ICANN, during its annual meeting in Seoul, Korea, will vote on the internationalized domain names (IDN) initiative, better known as the Fast Track.

"In Seoul, we plan to move forward to the next step in the internationalization of the Internet, which means that eventually people from every corner of the globe will be able to navigate much of the online world using their native language scripts," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's CEO.


(Source: NewsFactor)

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:54:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 26 October 2009

The Internet is set for its biggest technical change in decades when a new multilingual address system is approved this week, a global regulatory body said Monday.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said it would declare an end to the exclusive use of Latin characters for website addresses on Friday -- the final day of its six-day conference in Seoul. When the change comes into force, it will be possible to use characters from other languages -- such as Chinese, Arabic, Korean and Japanese -- for a full Internet address, instead of for just part of an address as now.


(Source: AFP)

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Monday, 26 October 2009 15:55:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 01 October 2007

A report released by the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Oregon talks about the alarming rate of extinction of the world's languages. "While half of all languages have gone extinct in the last 500 years, the half-life is dropping: half of the 7,000 languages spoken today won't exist by the year 2100," according to Slashdot. The NY Times, on its article Languages Die, but Not Their Last Words, adds that "83 languages with 'global' influence are spoken and written by 80 percent of the world population. Most of the others face extinction at a rate, the researchers said, that exceeds that of birds, mammals, fish and plants."

Read Languages Racing to Extinction in 5 Global "Hotspots" further here.
Continue reading the NY Times article on language extinction here.

Monday, 01 October 2007 14:05:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |