Internet guardians want to break web’s language barriers


Marby stresses that ‘universal acceptance’ – the idea of all scripts being usable across the Internet – will never happen unless companies help fix the issue on their end. — AFP

PARIS: When website addresses using writing systems like Chinese and Arabic were introduced back in 2009, it was hailed as a step that would transform the Internet.

But 12 years later, the vast majority of the Web remains wedded to the Roman alphabet – and Icann, the organisation in charge of protecting the Internet’s infrastructure, is on a mission to change it.

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