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Net copes with key character test RRS feed

  • Question

  • Tests have been carried out to see if spelling internet domains with non-English characters will disrupt the smooth running of the net.

    The tests are a step towards the formal use of non-English character sets such as Chinese and Arabic in domain names.

    Internationalised domain names will make the net easier to use for the majority of net users who do not have English as their first language.

    The work to introduce these character sets should be finished by 2008.

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    The tests were carried out by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) that oversees the running of the net's addressing system.

    Currently net domains, such as bbc.co.uk, can only be written with 37 characters from the Roman alphabet which includes the letters A-Z, numbers 0-9 and the hyphen.

    This can cause problems in nations such as China where many new net users have scant knowledge of that character set.

    The tests carried out by Icann involved up-to-date versions of the live master address books, or root servers, that direct users' computers to the actual location of an internet domain.

    In October 2006, Vint Cerf - widely known as one of the creators of the internet - warned that the creation of internationalised domain names was "risky".

    Early work on the technical feasibility of using non-English character sets suggested that the address system would cope with the introduction of international characters tests were called for to ensure this was the case.

    Monday, March 12, 2007 2:33 PM

Answers

  • The idea of such innovations sounds very interesting....let us hope to see it turn into reality soon.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:07 PM
  • There seems to be only one problem with this idea that it could increase the complexity of the work.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:08 PM

All replies

  • it has its downside too...if a page has been named in chinese then an indian wud not be able  to view it...
    Monday, March 12, 2007 3:08 PM
  • The idea of such innovations sounds very interesting....let us hope to see it turn into reality soon.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:07 PM
  • There seems to be only one problem with this idea that it could increase the complexity of the work.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:08 PM