Translating 'Dot Com' into Cyrillic
Domain names in non-Roman alphabet to be tested by Net managers
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2007 11:25 PM CDT
A Chinese man uses the computer at an internet cafe in Beijing Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. For sometime, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has permitted domain names written partially...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – On Monday the Internet's global reach will extend further when it tests non-Roman character domain names. For years, non-English speakers have petitioned the US and companies controlling the Internet for domain names in their native language, the BBC reports. But ICANN, the nonprofit corporation which allocates domains, has been afraid of destabilizing or crashing the Net.

Since the beginning of the Net many countries have requested the inclusion of other languages, and the late arrival of Monday’s initiative is still seen as an insult. Some took the lag in tackling the issue as an unspoken message: 'I'm too busy. Go learn English.' "
The delay has led some countries which use other typescripts, like China and Saudi Arabia, to establish their own Internets.