Global internet servers are expected to enable registration of complete website names in nine Indian scripts by June, according to the Universal Acceptance Steering Group.
At present, non-English scripts through which a website can be booked include Mandarin, Arabic, Russian and Devanagari., The top-level domain (TLD), however, can be booked only in a limited set of characters identified by the root server. One can book a website name in Devanagari script, but only .bharat in this script is available as extension.
The nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.
“Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers managed by the ICANN by June. “LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice,” Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data told media. Data is the first Indian to hold the position in the group which was set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN.
Source: The Hindu