Non-English Domain Names: coming soon?

According to an article on Yahoo! News, ICANN this week began testing domain registration in eleven languages that use non-Roman character sets: Arabic, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Tamil.

Before this announcement, anyone registering a domain name had to restrict themselves to using 37 characters (A-Z, 0-9, and the dash); if this test goes well, domain names will be allowed to include -any- character renderable by a computer (hopefully via unicode?), making the web more accessible to non-English speakers. The lack of a common character set could, however, lead to further segmentation of the web along language lines. Your thoughts?

[via lifehacker]

Ryan has been proudly maintaining and contributing to Language Lab Unleashed since 2005, and is the current President of SWALLT. Since the summer of 2013 he's been causing trouble with his all-star colleagues in the UMW DTLT; when not wrangling websites Ryan can be found doing strange things with heavy objects.

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