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New Domain Developments

Posted on 3.15.2006

ICANN, the Internet's key oversight agency, will soon start testing domain names entirely in non-English characters, a change highly sought by Arabic and Asian Internet users.  Test are scheduled to begin in the second-half of 2006 and will ensure that introducing such characters won't create havoc in the current global addressing system. Currently, the Internet's main traffic directories know only 37 characters; the 26 letters of the Latin script used in English, the 10 numerals and a hyphen.

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