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non-Latin top-level domains (ccTLD) “Al-Saudiah, Emarat, and Misr” live in DNS root zone

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has finally begun to enable top-level domain names based on non-Latin alphabets. The first three country code top level domains (ccTLD) written in Arabic script placed in the DNS root zone are: “Al-Saudiah,” “Emarat, and “Misr,” and they allow site names to be written right-to-left. ICANN began testing internationalized domain name (IDN) back in Fall of 2006, and tested 11 languages ‘Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil.’ “ICANN staff are still finishing processing of these domain’s delegations, but now that they’re visible in the root zone it’s fair to say these’re mostly formalities. The remaining tasks include final technical verifications, updating the IANA WHOIS database and publishing the delegation reports,” announced ICANN.


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