48% of the population across the globe still do not have access to the Internet; while most have minimal or no knowledge of the English language. Thus, the ICANN, a non-profit corporation is currently working to bring domain names in the regional Indian languages. This will be a huge help for people to access the web and read it all in their native language. At present, 6 languages are already out of the pipeline; while 9 others will be too. So get ready for an exciting digital revolution.
Main Article: Domain Names will be Available in Regional Languages
The high-end English and the accent derived fonts are no more trending. In fact, it has gone totally mainstream. Hence, to support the domain names in various other Indian languages, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is steadfast in bringing a revolution to the language barriers.
ICANN, a non-profit corporation with the responsibility for Internet’s Domain Name System will soon unleash 22 Indian languages. So tighten your seatbelts, because the regional-language station is soon arriving. Well, the destination is yet to come, but it isn’t far.
Which are the new languages?
At present, the ICANN is working on nine Indian language scripts viz. Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu. The ICANN India head, Samiran Gupta confirms that besides the new languages will also help to cover a number of local languages.
He also exclaims that more than 52% of the world population has access to the Internet. There are already 4.2 billion Internet users across the globe and it’ll become 5 billion by 2022. Hence, ICANN is contributing its part towards bridging the digital divide and encouraging the non-English readership starting with domain names.
Who all, are waiting?
ICANN is currently working on creating a secure and stable definition of the top-level domains for globally active scripts.
The mission targets the people with minimum or no knowledge of English can turn their medievalism to modernism. Henceforth, people can access the web whole-and-sole in their regional language.
What is the focus?
The option to search the content in non-English regional languages is already available. So what is the epiphany? It’s actually emphasizing more on generating the domain names in the regional languages. This will ease out the initial step for web surfing and easier understanding of the content.
Defining rules for the domain names for new languages is another task. That is why a new community-based panel, “Neo-Brahmi Generation panel” is assigned to get it done. It includes 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.
You can also review the unleashed proposals. Visit www.icann.org/idn to review the new languages viz. Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Kannada, Oriya, and Telugu and help the community to fix the bugs with your feedbacks.