Non-Latin Script in URLs

Starting in 2010, URLs will being to include non-Latin text. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) voted last week for these changes, and representatives of this organization stated that this is a major milestone since the organizations inception in 1989.

For as long as the Internet has existed, it has used Latin characteristics. So what should we expect to see in the near future? URLs will begins to incorporate characters from the Russian, Chinese, Arabic alphabet.

It will make evaluating sources more challenging for those who do not use the alphabets. However, it will be likely that existing web sites will keep their current URL address(es) and incorporate newer “alternative” URLs that compliment and direct global traffic to existing or parallel sites.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on November 2, 2009, in Libraries, Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. As a follow-up to this post, here is another article that talks about Russia taking the lead in creating Cyrillic URLs. The problem is that many Russians are wary of this push, and view it as a future tool for censorship.

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