ICANN Testing Internationalized Domains

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The ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is launching an evaluation of international domain names that promises to allow non-ASCII characters to be used in Internet addresses. Tens of thousands of characters from the world’s languages will be released for use as part of the test, and when the new system goes live. The ICANN president calls it “one of the biggest changes to the Internet since it was created.” Users in other countries will be able to browse the Web in their own languages without using a single English or Roman-alphabet character in the URL when the international domain names are put into service.


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