Domain Names to Go Beyond English

Companies will soon be able to register domain names in non-Roman characters, under a program announced by Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) in Herndon, Va. Sometime after Nov. 1, it will be possible to register domain names in Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters. Other languages will be added, and NSI expects considerable demand, since 90 percent of the world doesn't speak English. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Marina del Ray, Calif.-based nonprofit group that regulates the domain name system, said it will "monitor closely" NSI's implementation of the character sets to ensure that the sets are open and nonproprietary.

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