The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit responsible for the Internet’s Domain Name System management worldwide, has been working on supporting domain names in numerous languages spoken in India, including the 22 scheduled languages of the country.
What is it for
The move aims to help people with no knowledge of English to go online and access websites with domain names completely in their regional language. Which means, one will now be able enter the domain in Hindi to get Hindi content, instead of the current practice of typing a domain name in English for the purpose.
But wait. Isn’t searching content in regional languages already possible in Google and on other search engines? ICANN says the current effort is focused on enabling the domain names in regional languages, which in turn would enable the system to publish local language content being searched.
Work reportedly has already started for nine Indian scripts — Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. These scripts are expected to cover many different local languages
The Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel, as it is called, consists of more than 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
The panel has started consulatation to enable registartion of website name extension, technically called top level domain (TLD), like .com, .net, .in, in the Indian scripts. Presently, website name with extension .bharat can be booked only in Devanagari cript which has limited letters that are identified by internet servers.