Domains in 12 Languages

 - Oct 17, 2007
References: theglobeandmail
Since the first days of the internet, it has been dominated by the English language, but a new experiment launched today could evoke the greatest change since the birth of the World Wide Web.

All web addresses have used the Roman alphabet (.com, .org, .net, etc.), no matter what the originating country or site language. That would be as awkward for us to use Asian characters, Arabic script or the Russian alphabet. We would have no idea what it meant.

The new study launched this week will "threatens to disrupt the status quo online and could change the way French-speaking and Native Canadians surf the Web," the Globe and Mail said.

US domain regulator, ICANN, has set up 11 test sites in languages other than English.