Arabic Moves In: 1st Non-Latin Top Level Domain Name Go Live
In a press release 2 days go, the Egyptian minister of Communicates and Information technology, announced the launch of Arabic as the first non-latin top level domain (TLD) “مصر.”
You can visit http://موقع.وزارة-الاتصالات.مصر/ar/default.aspx to see the domain live, though according to a CNET article “To type and view the non-Latin characters in a URL, the browser must support international domain names. Such support is available in the current versions of the five major browsers–Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple’s Safari. To guard against possible spoofing attacks, most of the browsers allow or restrict the display of IDNs based on whitelists and blacklists.”
For more about the technical aspects of this change you can check Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) blog.
3 Egyptian ISPs, TE Data, Vodafone Data and Link Registrar, have been accredited by Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority to be the new registrars for the Egyptian IDN ccTLD “مصر.”
Other countries in the region are poised to follow Egypts’ steps, but would Arabic domains be useful? Or might they create confusion? Sound off in the comments below.