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

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News Posted: Sat, May 8 2010 6:27 PM
Talk about Google Translate gaining a whole new level of importance.The Internet as we know has officially changed today. For well over adecade, every single URL registered through ICANN has used Latinnumbers, letters and characters. Even foreign language sites have beenforced to use characters found on a typical Western/U.S. keyboard inthe URL. But in October of last year, ICANN (the Internet regulatorover URL name registrations) decided that the barrier should be torndown, and non-Latin characters should be allowed in URL names.

This week, the world's first domain name using all non-Latin characterswent live, and it's an Arabic URL that is getting loads of clickssimply for being "first." According to a BBC report, "Egypt, SaudiArabia and the United Arab Emirates are the firstcountries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts."Over 20 nations so far has requested approval for international domainsfrom 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 thosewho speak the language would be happy to clarify in comments. Surelooks interesting, though!
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3vi1 replied on Sat, May 8 2010 8:12 PM

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.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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3vi1 replied on Sat, May 8 2010 8:18 PM

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

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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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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realneil replied on Sun, May 9 2010 10:21 AM

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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JoelB replied on Mon, May 10 2010 10:25 AM

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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LBlack replied on Sat, May 22 2010 8:16 PM

스타벅스코리아.com

Try that. not even remotely latin.

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