Internet addresses set to recognise non western characters


ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organisation charged with responsibility for  Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation and country code (ccTLD) amongst other things is meeting in Seoul this week.

Coming out of that meeting it has been agreed to to allow non-Latin-script web addresses, that is set to change the way to make the web more accessible to all users of the world wide web. Making the web truly world wide.
I heard about this while watching a news report from Korea where the reporter was in a class with Korean pensioners who were trying to learn how to use the internet. They were trying to recall their knowledge of western characters from their school days.

I understand that they are trying to iron the technical details of how this would be implemented and the aim is to have it in place by the end of 2010.

According to Rod Beckstrom – CEO of ICANN “This is one of the most exciting developments for the users of the Internet globally in years”

If anyone else knows more about the details of this please feel free to comment.