".中国" to be global top level domain name

09:27, November 04, 2009      

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ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced recently in South Korea that Chinese, Arabic and Korean as well as other non-Latin characters could be used in registering domain names, reporter learned from CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center). This is a great step in the reform and improvement for Internet domain name system towards opening up to more languages and characters.

Qi Lin, the assistant director of CNNIC said that the non-English domain names' application and deployment would be "fast tracked" hereafter. With several International standards for the Internet and nearly ten-years running and technical support experience, ".中国", representing the Chinese top-level domain names is expected to be the world's first Chinese top level domain name. Internet users will be able to use Chinese to access to the Internet anywhere in the world.

At present, Microsoft IE, Google Chrome, Firefox and other main browsers have achieved barrier-free support for ".中国". While search engines like Google and Yahoo have begun to record the web sites with the domain name ".中国".

"It is the most significant reform since the invention of Internet," said Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of the ICANN Board. There are more than 1.6 billion Internet users and about half of them use languages other than Latin, so this plan will make Internet more accessible than ever before.

By People's Daily Online
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