Getting Internet domain names in English is a thing of the past, now get ready to have them in your own regional language.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit corporation responsible for managing the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) around the world, has worked to support domain names in many many languages ââspoken in India including the 22 programmed languages ââof the country.
âWork is underway for nine Indian scriptures – Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. These scripts should cover many different local languages, âICANN India Director Samiran Gupta told PTI.
ICANN has worked on developing rules for a secure and stable definition of top-level domains for scripts used around the world, so that people who do not know English can log in and access websites with them. Internet domain names entirely in their language. .
For example, one can enter the domain in Hindi to get content in Hindi, instead of typing an English domain name for this purpose, which is the current practice.
About 52% of the world’s population now have access to the Internet and ICANN is helping to bridge the digital divide, he said.
âMany of the remaining 48% are non-English speakers and people who do not have the ability to type in English. The work will allow domain names to be available to these people in their languages, âsaid the head of ICANN India.
When asked that searching for content in regional languages ââis already possible in Google and other search engines, he said the current effort is focused on enabling domain names in regional languages. , which would allow the system to publish the desired local language content.
“This work of defining rules for domain names for languages ââspoken in India is underway with a dedicated community panel,” he said.
The Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel, as it is called, consists of more than 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore, where these languages ââand scripts are used, a Gupta said.
Proposals for six scripts – Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Oriya and Telugu – have already been released for public comment.
âYou can review these proposals and provide feedback by visiting www.icann.org/idn,â he said.
There are currently 4.2 billion internet users worldwide, which could reach 5 billion by 2022, Gupta said.