Arabic URL Goes Live: First Non-Latin Domain Name Cleared By ICANN - HotHardware
Arabic URL Goes Live: First Non-Latin Domain Name Cleared By ICANN

Arabic URL Goes Live: First Non-Latin Domain Name Cleared By ICANN

Talk about Google Translate gaining a whole new level of importance. The Internet as we know has officially changed today. For well over a decade, every single URL registered through ICANN has used Latin numbers, letters and characters. Even foreign language sites have been forced to use characters found on a typical Western/U.S. keyboard in the URL. But in October of last year, ICANN (the Internet regulator over URL name registrations) decided that the barrier should be torn down, and non-Latin characters should be allowed in URL names.

This week, the world's first domain name using all non-Latin characters went live, and it's an Arabic URL that is getting loads of clicks simply for being "first." According to a BBC report, "Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first countries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts." Over 20 nations so far has requested approval for international domains from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), but this particular URL seems to be first to go online: http://????.?????-?????????.???/



We can't tell you what exactly the site is about, but we're sure those who speak the language would be happy to clarify in comments. Sure looks interesting, though!
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Uhhh.. judging from the page source, your input for the URL was converted to question marks before being written to the database.

With all the programmers out there that don't seem to have even heard of Unicode, I'm afraid that's going to be par for the course. Anyone registering these types of URLs should prepare for very little traffic from the west.

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P.S.  The site appears to be (ironically enough) Egypt's Ministry of Communications.  http://www.mcit.gov.eg/

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:D seems like HH doesn't support Arabic language :P... But ya only Arabic readers will be visiting those site so even if it was english url they would still receive low traffic count :D.

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This reminds me of the old Eagles song, "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks".

They don't want to communicate with the west. They never did, never will.

Everything about us goes against what they believe in.

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So just out of curiosity, are there Arabic characters that look similar to latin characters? If so, I'd think this would open up a whole new can of phishing exploits - registering URLs that look identical to latin ones, but are spelled with at least one Arabic charcter.

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I don't think they allow mix and match JoelB, though stupider things have happened.

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스타벅스코리아.com

Try that. not even remotely latin.

Korean Starbucks FTW

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