In August, we discussed Chile’s move to internationalize the .cl domain, by allowing for non-english letters, such as “ñ”, “ü” and 7 other international characters. It was certainly an exciting step.
But for global internet users and companies as a whole, ICANN’s announcement of a plan to start testing domain names that are entirely composed of non-english characters, is a much more exciting move. Given the speed at which web globalization is spreading, it’s certainly about time that domains caught up.
Of everything comes with time and caution. “The tests would help ensure that introducing non-English suffixes wouldn’t wreck a global addressing system that millions of Internet users rely upon every day.”
Representatives from all over the world are being invited to participate in the discussions committee, which will commence with public input in April. In May, the committee will present the amended plan to ICANN for approval in June. If all moves smoothly, testing will commence in July.
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