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Net domain names in Indian languages

Vijay C Roy  |  New Delhi/ Chandigarh 

If everything goes well as planned, India will be ready to have internationalised (IDN) on the in seven — Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, and — by next year. The department of information (DIT), Government of India will submit its proposal by next month to The Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organisation responsible for managing the internet's domain name system, including IP address space assignments based in California, USA.

are entered in the address bar of the browser to access a web-site. The domain name provides a unique identity and on clicking on a given domain name, the web page of the particular site opens up. Initially the domain name will be available to seven and later on to the all the country’s 22 official languages. So, once it comes into effect, the user will be able to not only type out the address of a website in the scripts of any of the country's 22 official languages, but also access sites under the domain name - bharat. It is worth noting that in the past, IDNs were availble only in Latin Characters(the script in which English and most other European languages are written.)

Senior Director, said, "At present only 10 per cent of the total population knows English and only English speaking population can access the net and 81 million users are in India. Also, India has only 8.1 million broadband customers. Considering the population of the country, the number is not satisfactory. Once the domain name is available in regional languages, it will not only help the masses in sharing information but also help in proliferation even in remote corners of the country. We will submit our application to by next month and expect to get approval by this year. If everthing goes well, we will roll out domain name in seven by next year.”

Over two-three years C-DAC, GIST, in association with and with contributions from C-DAC, Kolkata and Thiruvanathapuram has evolved a policy document for Internationalised in

First Published: Thu, April 29 2010. 00:46 IST