The non-profit corporation created in 1998 to assume responsibility for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has announced its plan to test multilingual domain names including Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil, which the corporation claims as one of the biggest changes to the internet world.
It’s cool and perfect for people to get domain names in their local language, which they can more understood, a big step toward becoming a “True” worldwide Web world.
“This evaluation represents ICANN’s most important step so far towards the full implementation of Internationalized Domain Names. This will be one of the biggest changes to the Internet since it was created,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “ICANN needs the assistance of users and application developers to make this evaluation a success. When the evaluation pages come online next week, we need everyone to get in there and see how the addresses display and see how links to IDNs work in their programs. In short, we need them to get in and push it to its limits.”
The global organization also announced a single set of sites (example.test) will be made available on October 15 (Monday) and the site will simply contain a wiki page, allowing everyone around the world has a chance to test domain names with the new non-Roman suffixes beginning next Monday.