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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Domain Names for Indian languages in Indian scripts soon

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) announced in a seminar in Bhubaneswar the eastern city of India on Monday, in a National Workshop on Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) for Indian languages, its plans to make available .bharat suffixed web addresses in Indian scripts very soon.
Bharath is translation of India in many Indian languages.

Tulika Pandey, Additional Director, E-Infrastructure Division, Department of Information Technology said that right now the facility for IDNs in Indian scripts is available in 7 Indian languages but full efforts are on in to ensure this for the rest of the official languages in India.

She said that while it is going to bring a world of benefits to the internet users in the State of Odisa (formerly called Orissa)  who are not very conversant with English language, the abysmally low amount of content available on the net in Odia language is a cause of concern. She urged all the stake holders to ensure rapid progress in content development in Odia languages.

Rajiv Kumar, a system analyst in the National Internet Exchanges of India, made a presentation about the options available for choosing Domain Names at present and added that it is a great opportunity for web developers and Domain Name Registrars.

Director of Odia Bhasa Pratishthan(Odia Language Institute)  Dr Harihar Kanungo said that the move will help take Internet closer to the people of the State.

Pune based Associate Director of C-DAC Mahesh Kulkarni said that the facility to have names in Indian scripts opens up a lot of opportunities to organisations and developers but it also presents many technical challenges and security issues. The workshop is a result of the joint efforts of the ICANN and the Government of India.

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/25664-web-addresses-in-indian-scripts-soon-courtesy-cdac.html

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