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Coming Soon: Domain Names In Hindi, Telugu And Other Regional Languages
By Debjit Saha • May 3, 2010

Very soon India will become one of the first countries to have non-English internationalised domain names (IDN) in regional languages such as Hindi, Bangla, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu and Gujarati. If things go well between the department of information technology of India (DIT) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) you can expect these regional language domain names by early next year. The DIT will submit its proposal by next month to ICANN including IP address space assignments.

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing – C-DAC and the DIT have already evolved a policy document for Internationalised Domain Names in Indian Languages over three years. Initially the domain name will be available to seven Indian languages and the DIT has plans of extending it to all the country’s 22 official languages. In the past, IDNs were available only in Latin Characters which is the script in which English and most other European languages are written.

According to DIT Senior Director, Govind only 10 per cent of the total Indian population knows English and only English speaking population can access the internet. India has 81 million internet users of which only 8.1 million are broadband customers. Availability of Regional Domain names will not only help the masses in sharing information but also help in internet proliferation even in remote corners of India.

However we may have a problem as far as computer keyboards are considered using which users are supposed to enter data like domain names in the web browsers. Most of the computer keyboards that are sold in India have standard English keyboards. So entering the domain names in the regional languages becomes an issues. This is something the Govt. needs to compulsorily address in addition to all the formalities involved in getting the regional domain names approved.
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However we may have a problem as far as computer keyboards are considered using which users are supposed to enter data like domain names in the web browsers. Most of the computer keyboards that are sold in India have standard English keyboards. So entering the domain names in the regional languages becomes an issues. This is something the Govt. needs to compulsorily address in addition to all the formalities involved in getting the regional domain names approved.
Google now has inbuilt keyboard for various Indian languages.
http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=hi
Soon they may offer it as a toolbar option.
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Google now has inbuilt keyboard for various Indian languages.
http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=hi
Soon they may offer it as a toolbar option.
Don't worry, even if the Indians cannot sort this out themselves and the Americans fail to get it as usual, it won't take the Chinese or Taiwanese long to figure it out. All it will mean is that all Indian computers will be Acer or Lenovo instead of HP or Dell. No big deal really. They probably would have been anyway.
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Don't worry, even if the Indians cannot sort this out themselves and the Americans fail to get it as usual, it won't take the Chinese or Taiwanese long to figure it out. All it will mean is that all Indian computers will be Acer or Lenovo instead of HP or Dell. No big deal really. They probably would have been anyway.
This American would be betting that the Indian IDN traffic in coming years will be 20% computer and 80% internet phone, eventually edging up to 10%/ 90%.
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This American would be betting that the Indian IDN traffic in coming years will be 20% computer and 80% internet phone, eventually edging up to 10%/ 90%.
I have never been convinced about mobile surfing. By the time it is fast enough for me, I will be too blind to see it. Lenka, however, has started using it, and it did come in useful this weekend when my computer died.

Went out and bought a laptop as a stop gap. Wanted something cheap and cheerful. Got an Acer with a dual core Athlon processor and 4 GB of Ram. Windows 7 and IE8. High definition screen, fully set up for video conferencing, so ideal for Skype, as runs at high speed off a wireless connection. The technology is finally delivering on its promise. And everything for £450. That would be $450 in your money because we always get ripped off over here. Course I had to go to a specialist outlet to get it. Ever heard of Argos?

Best bit for me though is a laptop with a bloody numeric keypad for a change!
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I have never been convinced about mobile surfing. By the time it is fast enough for me, I will be too blind to see it. Lenka, however, has started using it, and it did come in useful this weekend when my computer died. Best bit for me though is a laptop with a bloody numeric keypad for a change!
My thought is merely cost vs. penetration and the quickly evolving technologies like cloud computing that will expand the use of handhelds.

A large majority that can not afford laptops or computers will go to mobile devices for internet. They also don't have to pay out for a laptop or computer as the "cost" of the device is often built into your monthly service fee.
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