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Researchers at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science contribute to the global efforts to deploy domain names in local languages on the Internet

Currently, even if you want to access an Urdu website, you have to write the website address in English.  That will be changing very soon, where you would be able to access websites by writing domain names in any language.  Experts from around the globe have already developed an Internet Protocol (IDNA 2008) under Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which allows for the internationalizing the domain name system.  Now, under Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for the operations of the global Internet, efforts are being made to make these internationalized domain names functional.  In this context, six case study teams were formed by ICANN to do variant analysis for labels in different scripts, including Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek and Latin through the IDN Variant Issues Project (VIP) (  Dr. Sarmad Hussain (selected as the coordinator of the Arabic Script team) and the Huda Sarfraz have been contributing to this effort from Center for Language Engineering ( at Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (, as members of a global team working to identify relevant issues for languages using the Arabic script.  Dr. Sarmad Hussain has also been selected as a member of the combined IDN VIP team which will be compiling a single issues reports for the variants across all scripts.  This effort will then be used to develop possible solutions to deploy IDN variants (, making the internet more accessible globally.






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