TLD Registry is celebrating yesterday’s Google announcement of a long-awaited and highly anticipated change that took place at Gmail: The “client-side” implementation of non-Latin, character-based email.
While the world’s relevant standards-setting body, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has had a ratified standard for non-English email since 2012, not a single provider of email services – not Google, not Yahoo, not Hotmail, not Microsoft’s Outlook, not any of the Chinese providers – actually supported the IETF standard.
Before today, this meant that while you could get an email address for your non English domain name – say, 夏明@域通联达。在线 (translated: firstname.lastname@example.org in Chinese), nobody could actually send you emails to that address!
Today, thanks to Google, this English-specific email address barrier has been broken, and will now allow non-English speaking email users to email in their native language, making the process of emailing faster, easier, and more efficient. And that’s the way the internet should be for everyone, regardless of what language you speak.
In the announcement, Software Engineer Pedro Chaparro Monferrer states, “Less than half of the world’s population has a mother tongue that uses the Latin alphabet. And even fewer people use only the letters A-Z.”
TLD Registry has released 2 Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) New gTLDs: Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网)