The net ready to turn multilingual


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The web will soon lose its English language monopoly as web addresses will soon use non-Latin characters.

The net regulator Icann has invited countries to apply for Internationalised Domain Names using their own language.

The IDN programme will cover nearly one hundred thousand characters, which will mean a new dawn of the internet. Icann's chairman, Peter Dengate, says this will open the web up to billions of potential users around the globe.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have already registered their interest to apply for the first Arabic domains.

Other domain scripts are also permitted, such as Chinese. The first international web addresses are expected in 2010.

Plans for IDNs were approved in June last year. It's taken until now to make sure the translation system is in working order, which means the system can now translate non-Latin characters.ADNFCR-2575-ID-19464141-ADNFCR