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Internet domain names in Indian languages soon

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Getting an Internet name in English is pass, now get ready to have it in your own regional language.

and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit corporation with the responsibility for Internet's Name System (DNS) management worldwide, has been on the job to support names in numerous languages spoken in India, including the 22 scheduled languages of the country.

"Work is on for nine Indian scripts - Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and TeluguThese scripts are expected to cover many different local languages," head told

ICANN has been working towards building the rules for secure and stable definition of the top-level domains for scripts used globally, so that people with no knowledge of English are able to go online and access the websites with the domain names completely in their languages.

For example, one can enter the domain in Hindi to get Hindi content, instead of typing a domain name in English for this purpose, which is the current practice.

About 52 per cent of the world population have access to Internet now and ICANN is contributing towards bridging the digital divide, he said.

"Many of the remaining 48 per cent are non-English speaking people and those who do not have the ability to type in EnglishThe work will allow domain names to be available for these people in their languages," the head said.

When asked that searching content in regional languages is already possible in and other search engines, he said the current effort is focused on enabling the domain names in regional languages, which in turn would enable the system to publish local language content being searched.

"This work for defining rules for the domain names for languages spoken in is underway with a dedicated community based 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, and Singapore, where these languages and scripts are used, Gupta said.

The proposals for six scripts - Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Oriya and Telugu - are already released for public comment.

"One can review these proposals and provide comments by visiting www.icann.org/idn," he said.

Currently there are 4.2 billion globally which may rise to 5 billion by 2022, Gupta said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 09:05 IST
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