Jan 12, 2010

Cyrillic on the Internet, and Brazil is angry?


You may recall that back in October, we reported that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was supposed to vote on whether or not to allow non-Latin letters in Web site addresses. Well it seems, that they voted to allow non-Latin charaters, because according to the Sofia Morning News, Bulgaria held a survey on what Bulgaria's domain name should be. The results?

The two most popular choices were ".бг" with a third of the votes and ".бгр" with a fourth of the votes. So why is Brazil miffed? Brazil's Latin charactered domain name is ".br", and they're afraid the two look too similar.

".бг" ".br"

Do you see what happens? Do you see what happens when you allow non-Latin letters on the Internet? Children are going to be researching Bulgaria and think that Emperor D. Pedro I was the first ruler of a Bulgaria that just won its independence from Portugal. You did this, ICANN.

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Dmitri Minaev said...

While the similarity of .бг and .br might seem exaggerated, the Cyrillic domain for Russia was chosen with this similarity in mind. The natural choice of .ру (the Cyrillic for .ru) was rejected in favor of .рф (.rf fo Russian Federation), because .ру looks exactly like the Latin top-level domain for Paraguay: .py.

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My only question is, if I someone wrote me a Bulgarian-located URL in a piece of paper, and if I were to type it on my browser, how could I type the Cyrillic characters? These Latin letters we have been using on URLs are actually part of an eletronical alphabet called "ascii", and "strange characters" like Cyrillic, Greek, French punctuation, etc, are originated by typing a string of ascii characters that would generate them... And I really do not know how to type the right ascii sequences to get something in Cyrillic so a lot of people don't either...

I don't think Bulgarian businessmen would be happy if every Bulgarian site were forced to adopt Cyrillic characters, non-slavic people would feel so annoyed with seeking for the right sequences of ascii characters to generate each one of the Cyrillic that, as result, they would just get discoured about visiting any Bulgarian site at all.

Is it really necessary to make things so difficult for a lot of people all over?

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