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Domain names in Hindi by June
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India will be ready to have internationalised domain names (IDN) on the internet in Hindi by June next year.

Domain names are entered in the address bar of the browser to access a Web-site. The domain name provides a unique identity and on clicking on a given domain name, the Web page of the particular site opens up.

Last month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN), a non-profit body responsible for assigning Web addresses to users, approved the proposal to use non-Latin scripts, which is expected to transform the Internet landscape. Currently, Internet addresses are limited to Latin characters from ‘A' to ‘Z'.

“We have already done a lot of preparatory work and are now ready to have domain names in Hindi. In a phased manner, we will have domain names in all the 22 scheduled Indian languages,” Ms. Tulika Pandey, Additional Director of Information Technology, told Business Line.

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Hyderabad, Nov 27: 'Domain Name,' the unique identity to access the web, currently only with Latin characters, will be introduced in Indian languages in India by June 2010, a top official involved in the task said today.

Domain Names are entered in the address bar of the browser to access a website. This domain name provides a unique identity and on clicking on a given domain name, the webpage of the particular website opens up.

International Domain Names (IDN) allow one to have Domain Names in local languages. So far, Domain Names were available only in Latin characters and therefore having one's Domain Name in an Indian language was impossible.

''ICANN and the initiative of the Government of India have ensured that you can have your Domain Name in an Indian language and soon be able to type and access the C-DAC site,'' the official said.

C-DAC, GIST, P7une, in close association with DIT and with contributions from C-DAC Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram have evolved a policy document for International Domain Names in Indian languages.

Over three years, out of 22 scheduled Indian languages, work on 14 major languages has been completed. The remaining eight languages would be taken up soon.

With the maturity of the policy it was time to involve the stakeholders. It includes the Domain Name registrars, web portal developers and designers, language and educational experts, e-government representataives, system administrators, webmasters and e-security experts.

''A large number of issues need to be deliberated upon and discussed. Given the complexity of Indian writing systems, safeguards have to be introduced to ensure that the common man is secure as far as possible from phishing and spoofing attacks. The syllabic structure of Indian languages, Variant Tables and restriction rules are some of the major focal areas of IDN, which have been created. These along with the IDN implementation policy have been published on the DIT and C-DAC websites.'' ''We seek views and comments from all stakeholders, before the roll out of Domain Names in Indian languages by June 2010,'' the C-DAC spokesman said at the National Awareness Workshop here today.

A series of National Workshops on IDN were launched with the first workshop in Pune. Similar workshops would be organised at major centres like Kolkata and Punjab in December 2009 and January 2010 respectively to provide a platform to all major players.

''Increased awareness of the problems and perspectives of IDN will provide useful feedback for finalizing the policy.'' The culmination of these discussions would be held in an International Conference to be held in Delhi in February 2010.

The awareness workshop for availability of domain names in Indian languages, was an effort of the DIT, Govt of India, C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advances Computing) and NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India - the designated registry in Domain Names.

--UNI

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English is a universal language still regional language is also advantageous, good effort by Government of India for the regional additon which will be very useful.
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