New Delhi: Imagine accessing Internet in your
mother tongue. It is possible now with the international body,
which manages domain names allowing use of seven Indian
languages in Web addresses.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), a global non-profit organisation, has taken the
decision to allow Web addresses in Hindi, Tamil, Urdu,
Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Telegu. The decision was taken
in Seoul, where a conference of ICANN was going on.
Till now, on the Web all domain names were available
only in Latin characters from "A to Z". Domain names --.com,
.net, .org, .in -- are used as identification labels.
Now, users can type Web addresses in Hindi, Tamil, Urdu,
Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Telegu.
Govind, Senior Director, who was representing the
Department of Information Technology (DIT), said "this will be
a revolutionary move on the World Wide Web (www) that would
dignify the presence of Indian vernacular languages on
First Published: Monday, November 02, 2009, 18:23