[AfrICANN-discuss] Amharic in the IDN wiki

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 11:52:14 SAST 2008

News Alert

New Languages Added to ICANN's IDN Wiki

Hebrew, Amharic speakers now have pages on Internationalized Domain Names
evaluation site

19 March 2008

***MARINA DEL REY, Calif.:* Hebrew and Amharic speakers now have dedicated
wiki pages to share their experiences as a part of the global evaluation of
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) being done by the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers.

"Since its launch in October 2007, the IDN wiki has helped ICANN and the
Internet community look at exactly how IDNs operate in the root, and how
different software handles domain names in characters from different
scripts," said Tina Dam, ICANN's IDN Program Director. "We're hoping that
Internet users who understand Hebrew and Amharic will access these wiki
pages and share their experiences."

The IDN wiki was initially based on 11 example.test domains in Arabic,
Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek,
Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil. The wiki allows Internet users to
establish their own subpages with their own names in their own language such
as example.test/yourname.

Though the new languages will not be used for translations of
example.testin the Internet's root, they will be used at the fourth
level (after the top
level "org", the second level "icann", and the third level "idn") so users
can have dedicated wiki pages. These language extensions to the wiki are
available at http://am.idn.icann.org<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=9826907&msgid=130255&act=VMK0&c=165637&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fam.idn.icann.org>and

As well, with the Hebrew addition, since there is a .test TLD label in
Hebrew script, an additional address has been assigned in the Hebrew
language — http://דוגמא.טעסט<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=9826907&msgid=130255&act=VMK0&c=165637&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fxn--6dbbec0c.xn--deba0ad%2F%25D7%25A2%25D7%259E%25D7%2595%25D7%2593_%25D7%25A8%25D7%2590%25D7%25A9%25D7%2599>.
(If this link doesn't work in your browser, you can access an embedded link
at http://idn.icann.org/Hebrew_script<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=9826907&msgid=130255&act=VMK0&c=165637&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fidn.icann.org%2FHebrew_script>.)

"We have been able to add these languages to the wiki because of interest
from the community and the availability of a volunteer moderator fluent in
the language to spend time with the wiki support team to localize the
language area and work with users," added Dam. "Anyone interested in adding
new languages can contact me directly at tina.dam at icann.org."

*About ICANN: *

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of
unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that
help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of
these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global
stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's
ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized,
public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit:

*Media Contacts:*

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan at icann.org

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson at edelman.com
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