Tina Dam, senior director of international domain names at ICANN, called it “the biggest change in the Internet in 40 years”. What is he talking about? What would you expect? Maybe social networks?
No, he his talking about the new multilingual domain names like adresses in arabic or cyrillic. One may think that this is a minor change and a multilingual web should be a basic feature but in fact the different character sets make it a big thing. Just have a look at these figures: Web addresses formerly based only on 37 characters–A though Z, the 10 numerical digits, and the dash symbol–can now use 90,000 characters from several languages, many of these being Chinese characters.
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