Egypt applies for Domain Name in Arabic

ICANN opened up web domain names to non Latin languages inviting countries to register DNS names in foreign languages. Egypt has applied for an Arabic Internet domain name with a suffix equating in the ASCII character set to “masr,” meaning Egypt in the Arabic language. This has drawn criticism abroad due to making these websites more difficult to access from the western nations where the computers and desktops are not configured by default to enter these characters.

This paves the way for more unique website DNS names online that will be primarily specific to a nation or language. Though this is a big deal internationally, a few nations such as China were already creating web domains with non-ASCII characters even without ICANN’s approval previously.

What is your opinion on non-ASCII web url’s? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Should the Internet remain 1 universal language in respect to domain names?

-Dragon Blogger

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