A domain name agency has received the first application for a domain name written in a non-Latin alphabet, reports PC World . The pioneer was Egypt, whose representatives expressed a desire to designate their domain zone in Arabic script. In Latin, the future domain name can be written like this - “masr” (Egypt in Arabic). To write this domain name in Arabic, my meager knowledge and my imperfect keyboard, on which they forgot to put Arabic characters and hieroglyphs, do not allow me.
According to a recent decision ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a non-profit organization whose mission is to regulate matters related to IP addresses, domain names, etc., governments or representatives of countries using non-Latin alphabets, may apply and, upon approval of such an application, write Arabic script, hieroglyphs and Cyrillic characters in the address bar of their sites. (It should be noted here that Egypt was the first country to officially submit an application, but unofficially, some countries, such as China, have long used hieroglyphs in their site names.)
This decision is designed to attract millions of new users to the Internet who do not speak Latin. The solution is interesting, but rather controversial: will there be more users of the Russian-speaking Internet if instead of “com” or “ru” you need to type “ru” or “rf”?