October 27, 2009 10:30
It will soon be possible to access the Chosun Ilbo online by typing in the name in hangeul (조선일보.한국), instead of Latin script. At the opening ceremony of the 36th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), president Rod Beckstrom said that a board meeting on Friday will approve plans for a multilingual address system.
Using the Internet will become much easier for many around the world if they can use their own alphabet. Korean is already used as part of web addresses, but the name of the country at the end of the address always had to end in Latin script such as ".kr."
Another big issue that will be addressed in the meeting in Seoul is using any word at the end of the address, rather than limiting the choice to certain words like ".com" or ".net."
If the plan is approved, the name of company or any nouns can be used in homepage address such as ".samsung," ".wine" or ".bank." The new system will start as soon as concerns related to intellectual property and trademarks are cleared.
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