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India: One Country, Many Internationalized Domain Names

If you’re interested in learning more about Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), UNESCO and EURid recently released a report on the evolution and challenges of IDNs.

It’s a good read and it highlights some of the struggles that countries and registries face and taking IDNs mainstream. Though Russia has so far proven to be a major success story—with more than 800,000 IDN registrations so far (and counting)—most other IDNs are have a long ways to go yet. Arabic IDNs in particular face an uphill battle because web browsers offer poor (and inconsistent) support for them.

I noticed in the report that India’s IDNs were not all properly displayed. So here’s a screen shot from our IDN poster that illustrates the wealth of scripts used within India, as illustrated by the country’s seven (yes, seven) approved IDNs:

As of today, 26 countries have received one or more IDNs; I’ve collected the full list here.

By John Yunker, Author and founder of Byte Level Research

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Comments

The link is broken Behnam Esfahbod  –  Jun 6, 2011 7:59 PM

The “report” link is broken. I believe the correct address is http://www.eurid.eu/en/about/facts-figures/insights

Re: The link is broken Admin  –  Jun 6, 2011 8:33 PM

Correction made. Thank you.

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