Internet revolutionary IDN [Internationalized Domain Names], which represent the regional characters and name for a domain has begun. IDN was approved by the ICANN [Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers] Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. We covered this on our post ".bharat IDE domain names". The domains will be in non Latin regional language characters.
Yesterday ICANN introduced the first IDN ccTLD [country code Top Level Domain] for three countries. In other batch (Fast Track Process) .bharat will be available soon. The domains have been inserted in the DNS root zone yesterday.
The Countries to First Get the IDN ccTLD are:
Egypt: مصر (Egypt)
Saudi Arabia: السعودية (AlSaudiah)
United Arab Emirates: امارات (Emarat)
The words in bracket represent the pronunciation of domain. The domains will have endings of امارات ,السعودية ,مصر.
A total of 9 languages have reached at this stage, this includes Chinese, Arabic, Sinhalese, Tamil, and Thai. And about 8 languages are in evaluation process to pass the String evaluation criteria.
I feel that websites will shrink to low traffic and only available for local people. Since People can't understand these TLDs and type it. However it will avoid domination of Latin/Roman character over the Internet to just prove internet is of all and made for all.
I wrote about Google Transliteration IME [Input Method Editor] which can help you to write in any of your regional language with your existing roman/en-us keyboard. You don't even have to have any typing knowledge in that language. This is to notice that Google's IME was launched just after the announcement of IDN ccTLD by CIANN in October 2009. Google had understood very well that people lack in the typing skill, and if IDN opens. There might be a big problem. So Google turned it's online transliteration into offline transliteration IME.
Do you think IDN ccTLD will change the way we use Internet to interact with people around globe as a family?