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ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is finalizing the last set of rules that will allow Internet addresses to be written in characters not belonging to the Roman alphabet. So, soon we will see domains written in Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Cyrillic characters.

The proposal was past last year, the final plans will be approved this Friday, on the 30th of October and the first applications will be accepted from the 16th of November.

The chairman of ICANN explained that out of the 1.6 billion Internet users around the world, more than half uses language with characters not related to the Roman alphabet.

Some countries such as China and Thailand, had already introduced "schemes" that allow users to enter the web addresses into their own languages, but these maneuvers have not been approved internationally and do not necessarily work on all computers.

[via pplware]