[Latingp] Generic Top Level Domain names in African languages

Dillon, Chris c.dillon at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Nov 17 11:01:17 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a draft of an email to African linguists. It is more difficult to draft than the Vietnamese one, as the status of some of the code points likely to be used is less certain than it was for the Vietnamese code points and so to some extent I'm having to decide things that are not yet finalized (hence "Currently it looks as if ...").

I shall attach the latest version of the code point file once we have discussed version 4 and it has been worked on.

Anyway, as usual, I would be grateful for your comments.


Dear colleagues,

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (www.ICANN.org) is currently doing some work on the Unicode code points required to write Top Level domain names in languages using the Latin script (Roman alphabet): https://community.icann.org/display/croscomlgrprocedure/Latin+GP

Please find attached an early draft of Latin script code points. Currently it looks as if code points belonging to languages with EGIDS (see www.ethnologue.com) scores of 1-4 (and perhaps some languages with scores of 5 and even below) have a chance of being included in the repertoire, unless the code points are for historical or religious use, or for punctuation, or belong to other scripts (e.g. Arabic numerals 0-9), etc. We have indicated some code points we think are being used in African languages, also some that are used in the African Reference Alphabet, the Alphabet National du Tchad and the Pan-Nigerian Alphabet.

Could you write enough of your language(s) using code points in document for you  to be able to create generic Top Level Domain names in it (examples of gTLDs: .com, .org, .net and .wiki)?
We are especially interested in code points in red, as some of those may not be in current use.

We would be very grateful for your help on a one-off or on-going basis.


Chris Dillon.
Co-Chair, Latin Generation Panel
Research Associate in Linguistic Computing, Centre for Digital Humanities, UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT Tel +44 20 7679 1599 (int 31599) www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/chrisdillon<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/chrisdillon>

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