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Re: Notes about Arabic domains

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Originally Posted by BandAid
Hello.

I have a few points that you should consider when dealing with Arabic domain names:

- If you buy a name with أ إ لأ and the like you should also take the plain ا version with it (even if is not a legal word) because surfers do not type the little head ء. Same applies to names that end with ة, you should buy the ه, version too for the same reason.
Looks like i got a problem here, i've got many without the little head or tail. :-(

I generally avoid the one with the head or tail, except for الإمارات.com.

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Originally Posted by BandAid
- AdultThings.com in Arabic are not really usable in most Arab states. The Internet is very strickly sensored. Any domain name that carries a hint of adult nature is blocked without the content manager even checking the content. Sensoring is a national policy and can not be overrid by the ISPs.
Do internet filters filter on the basic of just the domain name? Many adult names are just dating and chat websites. Adult ads are banned in my country, but people are allowed to advertise chat and voicemail dating services, which are clearly adult, although there is no mention of sex.

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Originally Posted by BandAid
- Unless there is a radical change in how Arabic is written, try to avoid any domain names that have more than one word! It is normal to say JobsUSA.com or MoneyMan.com in English, but double words in Arabic are actually difficult to read. Arabic has to have spaces between words because the words are them selfs connected. If you drop the space (which you will have to do since IDNs does not allow a space char) you will have Arabic combined words that people are not used to and do not know how to read. (There are no upper/lower case in Arabic).
I've got quite a few 2-word names that do not stick together:

صورسكس.com Sex Photos
صوربنات.com Girl Photos
تفسيرالاحلام.com An interpretation of dreams
صورفنانات.com Artists Photos
دردشةالشلة.com The group chatting

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Originally Posted by BandAid
- Also don't over estimate the Arabic usage of the Internet. Arabic traffic is not good know, nor will it be in the near future. (Check: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm for Internet usage by language, Arabic does not even make top ten)
The stats can't be further than the truth, but ironically, most of us here will feel that the ones ranked top few bring the least traffic. And Russian, ranked last, and Arabic which is not even in the list brings more traffic?? There had to be some other factors involved.



TOP COUNTRIES AS OF 2004 Q4 WITH
THE HIGHEST INTERNET DSL BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS

http://www.internetworldstats.com/dsl.htm

This should be interesting for those vested in .TV extension. DSL is a pre-requisite for Internet TV development.

1
United States
33,900,000
199,861,345
293,271,500
Nielsen//NR Feb./05

2
China
25,800,000
94,000,000
1,288,307,100
CNNIC - June/04

3
Japan
12,739,564
66,586,234
127,853,600
Nielsen//NR Nov./04


4
Korea, (South)
11,900,000
30,670,000
49,131,700
KRNIC - June/04

5
Germany
5,950,000
46,455,814
82,633,200
Nielsen//NR Oct./04

6
France
5,253,000
24,803,250
60,011,200
Nielsen//NR Oct./04

7
Italy
3,680,000
28,610,000
57,987,100
C.I.Almanac - Dec/03

8
United Kingdom
3,335,000
34,874,469
59,595,900
Nielsen//NR Oct./04

9
Taiwan
2,900,000
11,602,523
22,689,300
Nielsen//NR June/01

10
Canada
2,568,351
20,450,000
31,846,900
C.I.Almanac - Dec/03

Last edited by touchring; 21st February 2006 at 04:50 PM.. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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