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Net servers may soon be set for full site name in 9 Indian scripts

Net servers may soon be set for full site name in 9 Indian scripts

New Delhi: Global internet servers are expected to be ready by June to enable people register complete website name in nine Indian scripts, according to Universal Acceptance Steering Group. At present, website name can be booked in several non-English scripts including Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Devanagari etc.

However, top level domain (TLD) — which is the second part on the right side of the dot of a website address -- can be booked only in limited set of characters identified by root server. As of now, people can book website name in Devanagari script and only .bharat in this script is available as extension.

The nine Indian scripts that will be initially fed in root servers of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.

"Label Generation Rules (LGR) for nine language scripts that are used in India are expected to be finalised in a quarter and will be fed in root servers that are managed by ICANN by June.

"LGR in root servers will identify characters in Indian scripts. This will allow people to choose complete name of website as per their choice," said Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Chairman Ajay Data.

Data is the first Indian to hold the position in UASG that has been set up with the support of custodian of global internet ICANN.

UASG is working to finalise standard characters of non-English scripts to be accepted by internet system globally.

Under the new system, people will be able to use any name, word, combination of letters in the nine Indian scripts after ICANN accepts it and completes the process of allocating the system to various bodies across the globe that will facilitate registrations.

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