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    Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names - Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com

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    SEOUL, South Korea - The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names — or addresses — that can be written in non-Latin script, an official said Monday.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN — the non-profit group that oversees domain names — is holding a meeting this week in Seoul. Domain names are the monikers behind every Web site, e-mail address and Twitter post, such as ".com" and other suffixes.

    One of the key issues to be taken up by ICANN's board at this week's gathering is whether to allow for the first time entire Internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters. That could potentially open up the Web to more people around the world as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic — in which Russian is written.
    This makes perfect sense. When I was in China, people there used latin lettered domain names, but the names never made sense because they didn't know English. You'd have people with email addresses like someone @ xjly22.com. Now they can have it in their own language, among many other cultures.

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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
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    SEOUL, South Korea - The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names — or addresses — that can be written in non-Latin script, an official said Monday.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN — the non-profit group that oversees domain names — is holding a meeting this week in Seoul. Domain names are the monikers behind every Web site, e-mail address and Twitter post, such as ".com" and other suffixes.

    One of the key issues to be taken up by ICANN's board at this week's gathering is whether to allow for the first time entire Internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters. That could potentially open up the Web to more people around the world as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic — in which Russian is written.
    Open up the web to more people?
    BS.
    Be more user friendly for them - sure.

    One thing comes to mind is that it seems that it will become a lot easier to block whole languages if a country so desires, thereby only allowing what the 'government' wants it's people to view.

    I do not support this in any way and I hope they do not agree to it.

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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolguy View Post
    Open up the web to more people?
    BS.
    Be more user friendly for them - sure.
    How wouldn't it open it up to more people? Let's say the internet domains now were all written in chinese characters. Would you be able to use it as much as you do? Would you learn Chinese to use it or would you simply memorize specific domains you frequent? In any case you would be greatly limited in your ability to access domain names outside of English search engines.

    Wouldn't you rather go to www.google.com instead of 简体中文版?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolguy View Post
    One thing comes to mind is that it seems that it will become a lot easier to block whole languages if a country so desires, thereby only allowing what the 'government' wants it's people to view.

    I do not support this in any way and I hope they do not agree to it.
    Usability and accessibility shouldn't be limited based on fear of what a dictatorship may or may not do.
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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    How wouldn't it open it up to more people?
    Let's say the internet domains now were all written in chinese characters. Would you be able to use it as much as you do?
    It doesn't open it up to more people. People are going to use it regardless.
    It just will make it a tad more user friendly for those who actually look at the domain name (of those who are familiar with the language being used), in the url before clicking on a link.
    Results are still going to return in the language I search in, regardless of url language.
    So there is really no useful effect, accept in that of the realm of Governmental control.



    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    Would you learn Chinese to use it or would you simply memorize specific domains you frequent?
    I would use book marks for domains I frequented and those would be titled in English, unless it was a Chinese site (such as warez sites).
    But that isn't even the point.
    I can go to 'google.cn' and type in anything in english (like they can do in Chinese), and find what I am looking.
    If they want to access something written in english it is not going to matter either way, they will still need to interpret what they access. Just as if I wish to access something in Chinese (such as warez sites) it isn't going to matter either way.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    In any case you would be greatly limited in your ability to access domain names outside of English search engines.
    No. That isn't true. Go to 'google.cn' and try it out.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    Usability and accessibility shouldn't be limited based on fear of what a dictatorship may or may not do.
    Fear or reality?
    Dictatorship? roflao
    Yes, this shouldn't be agreed upon because it doesn't open it up more people, or actually provide better access. It would just make it easier for any Country to block whole languages as well as meddle where they shouldn't. e.g.: Such as a Country passing a law that all hosted within it's Country must have url's in it's native language.

    Sorry, but Latin needs to stay for purposes of standardization.

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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    It'll just Babel-ize the Internet, really, in which case . . . why have an "Inter"-net at all?
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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    The internet already is "babel-ized"... the content is in hundreds of languages, so why shouldn't the URLs be?

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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    The internet already is "babel-ized"... the content is in hundreds of languages, so why shouldn't the URLs be?
    Standardization.

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    Why's it so important to have only one Internet?
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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Now is there a good way to approximate foreign language symbols? I mean, if I want to go to a russian website, is there a good way for me to get there if its in Cyrillic?
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    Re: Get ready for non-Latin letter domain names

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Why's it so important to have only one Internet?
    lol
    There is only one internet.
    Any other network that isn't connected is another net, and not the internet.

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