[council] Internationalized Domain Name Program Adds Two Languages

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Internationalized Domain Name Program Adds Two Languages Thai, Urdu 
wikis added for users to share experiences, insights

5 June 2008

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: Thai and Urdu are the newest languages available 
on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers wikipages set 
up for the global testing of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).

"Each new language made available means more users from around the world 
will be more naturally able to share their experiences as we test the 
technical impact of IDNs," said Tina Dam, Director of ICANN’s IDN 
Program. "The wikipages are also a great tool for people to learn — in 
their own language — about the work being done to make close to 100,000 
characters from the languages of the world available for top level 
Internet addresses."

ICANN launched the wiki pages with the domain name "example.test" last 
October in the 11 languages — Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and 
traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and 
Tamil. Since then, Hebrew and Amharic have been added.

The wikis allow Internet users to establish their own subpages with 
their own names in their own language — one suggestion is: 

Thai is internationalized on the fourth level and can be accessed via 
the following links:

(These links are also available at: 

http://ไทย.idn.icann.org ( http://xn--o3cw4h.idn.icann.org )



Urdu uses the same script as Persian and can therefore also be accessed 
through the Persian .test TLD.

http://نمونہ.آزمایشی  ( http://xn--mgbqf7g.idn.icann.org )

http://xn--hhbbbh02d.xn--hgbk6aj7f53bba (http://xn--mgbqf7g.idn.icann.org )

http://اردو.idn.icann.org ( http://xn--mgbqf7g.idn.icann.org )



More information, as well as links to all of the wikis, is available at 

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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