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Indic language domain names are still six months away: NIXI

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
had said in 2010 that India will have internationalised domain names (IDN) on
internet in seven local languages — Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil,
Telugu and Gujarati — by the end of 2011. But now the National Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
had said in 2010 that India will have internationalised domain names (IDN) on
internet in seven local languages — Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil,
Telugu and Gujarati — by the end of 2011. But now the National Internet
Exchange of India (NIXI) has said that these website addresses won’t be
available at least before six months as complications relating to handling the
scripts are taking time to be solved. Once implemented, this would see the
present country code ‘.in’ being replaced with ‘.bharat’. NIXI is the neutral
meeting point of the ISPs in India.

“Indian scripts aren’t as easy as the English language.
For example, the word Hindi can be written in three different ways even in the
Devnagari script. We are deciding whether all spellings of a word can be
included through a single registration or not. Plus, Marathi, Hindi, Konkani,
Sanskrit and Nepali have the same script and there are issues with spellings and
how they should be handled by the registrars of internet address. There are
also challenges relating to use of keyboards and fonts in regional languages
and above all the computer being used needs to be compatible,” Govind,
COO, NIXI, has said.

“Right now, NIXI is conducting tests to
make sure the scripts work perfectly meaning that anyone who types the web
addresses in Hindi or any other language is actually able to reach the intended
website seamlessly ,” N Ravishankar, joint secretary at the Department of
Information Technology has said.

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