Chinese character Internet domain names now allowed

11:19, April 29, 2010      

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will allow traditional and simplified forms of non-Latin, Chinese character domain names. An application for the creation of ".中国"(.Zhongguo) domains submitted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has been approved by ICANN, CNNIC announced on Wednesday.

On April 22, 2010, the CNNIC's council passed a new resolution, and the international application of traditional and simplified-form domain names submitted by the CNNIC representing China was approved.

This means the Chinese character domain names will enter the "technological layout period." It is expected that billions of netizens using the Chinese language worldwide will be able to surf the Internet by entering Chinese-language domain names in the next several months.

During this report meeting, the Shanghai World Expo also formally started using the convenient and simple "上海世博会.中国(shanghaishibohui.Zhongguo)" domain name while simultaneously using the "expo2010.cn" domain.

This is to offer convenience for Chinese people living all over the world who want to keep up to date on the latest information about the World Expo on the Internet. The Chinese domain name will not only become a window for Chinese people to learn about the World Expo, but will also set a "Chinese symbol" in the World Expo.

Two technologies to help Chinese netizens use the Chinese character domain names more conveniently

The approval from ICANN means that all Chinese Internet users can simply enter the domain name of Peking University in its traditional or simplified form and then conveniently visit the official website of Peking University

Because the English punctuation "." becomes completely equivalent to its Chinese counterpart "。" when it comes to domain names, hundreds of millions of Chinese Internet users can enjoy convenient access to the Web site of the Chinese Ministry of Education by entering "教育部。中国" or "教育部.中国" This means that Internet users do not have to switch between the Chinese input method and English method repeatedly when surfing the Internet. They can enter the domain name ".中国" in Chinese and visit the corresponding Web site directly.

The .Zhongguo domain name has already been adopted by over 90 percent of central and provincial government organizations, over 95 percent of news Web sites, over 90 percent of the key universities on the list of China's Project 211, over 50 percent of China's top-100 companies and over 40 percent of the country's top-500 companies.

In order to best protect the rights and interests of potential domain name registrants, anyone who registers a ".cn" domain name can automatically obtain a corresponding .Zhongguo name in traditional or simplified Chinese, according to the current Chinese domain name registration policy.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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