Son you can see and own website domain names in your own regional language as global internet body ICANN is working on a proposal to enable booking of website names in non-English languages including Indian scripts starting with Devanagari, Gurmukhi and Gujarati.
ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a global multi-stakeholder organization responsible for IP address space allocation, has been on a new task to support domain names in numerous languages spoken in India, including the 22 scheduled languages of the country.
ICANN India head Samiran Gupta said, “Work is on for nine Indian scripts – Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu. These scripts are expected to cover many different local languages.”
A Neo-Brāhmī Generation Panel (NBGP), set up under ICANN, has started consultation to enable registeration of website name extension, technically called top level domain (TLD), like .com, .net, .in, in the three Indian scripts.
The Neo-Brāhmī group is so named to cover all such scripts used today and which are based on Brāhmī scrpit, which is an ancestor of all scripts used to write modern Indo-Aryan languages in Southeast Asia including Burmese, Thai, Lao, Khmer (in South-East Asia), and others in Central Asia.
In October last year, ICANN began “IDN Variant TLDs” initiative with six generation panels, based on specific scripts from major writing systems — Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, CJK, Arabic and Devanagari.
The technical standards once freezed through the process, called Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR), will allow people to use any word of their choice as TLD in the Indian scripts.
“After integration in root zone of these LGR’s people from all over world will be able to apply for top level domains in these scripts. This means that internet domains will be possible for public at large in names of there choice and make internet access in there own language,” NGBP Chairperson co-chair and Data XGen Plus founder and CEO, Ajay Data told .
The root zone are the main servers that convert name of website in digital form and identify address of server where the website is hosted to connect visitors of online portals. These servers are managed by the not-for-profit organisation ICANN.
While there are nine scripts in works at ICANN, NBGP intends to publish the proposals for the developing technical standards for all nine in three sets starting with Devanagari, Gurmukhi, and Gujarati.
At present website name with extension .bharat can be booked only in Devanagari script which has limited letters that are identified by internet servers.
In 2014, Indian government launched Dot Bharat (.भारत) domain in Devanagari script. The domain has been launched for non-English speaking people, and will cover eight languages like Hindi, Dogri, Bodo, Maithili, Konkani, Marathi, Nepali and Sindhi.
At present you can also search content in the regional language on Google. But, the effort from ICANN is to also enable the domain name in the local language that will make the existing process easier and would also enable the system to publish regional language content that is being searched by the users.
Notably, Devanagari was representative of the Brāhmī family scripts and is currently used for 11 out of 22 official languages of India (Boro/Bodo, Dogri, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Santhali and Sindhi).
In 2016, ICANN introduced .Google, .Apple, .ibm, and other branded internet addresses.
In the same year, India’s state-owned telecom operatoe BSNL introduced free E-Mail Address service in 8 Indian Languages to its broadband users by launching a ‘DataMail’ service. Now BSNL broadband users will be able to open an email ID in DataMail service in their own language.
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