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Re: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in progress

From: Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 00:22:26 +0000
Message-ID: <47213342.9050002@emi.ac.ma>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
CC: Martin Duerst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, 'WWW International' <www-international@w3.org>, W3C Offices <w3c-office-pr@w3.org>, public-i18n-core@w3.org

John Cowan wrote:
>  Martin Duerst scripsit:
>
> > Please note that above, we are always speaking about script, not
> > language. That's very important, current TLDs (both cc and g) are
> > in the Latin script, mostly pretty language-agnostic or at least
> > multi-language.
>
>  Well, in fact gTLDs are intensely English-oriented, disguised a bit
>  by the fact that many languages of Europe have borrowed the same
>  Latin words that English has (company, organization, international).
>  Clearly in Vietnamese they are arbitrary neologisms.
>
>  I foresee nasty political struggles coming down the road at us here.
>  For example, who gets to decide the Arabic-script abbreviation of
>  ".us", the arabophones (355K speakers in the U.S.) or the persophones
>  (201K speakers in the U.S.)?

Or the 23 countries and territories with a combined population of some 
325 million of users?

>
>  (Random fact: Chinese is now the third most widely spoken language in
>  the U.S., with about 2 million speakers.)
>
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