The Internet Learns a Few New Languages

Email, social networking and chat applications allow web consumers to exchange information with family friends and business people all over the world.

General public access to the Internet has been around for 40 years; the Internet celebrated it’s 40th birthday On October 29, 2009.

W.B. Pitkin said “Life begins at forty.” Well that certainly seems to to be true for the Internet. On November 16, 2009 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will launch the process for Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The Fast Track process will allow countries and nations to integrate the name and  characters of their national language into domain names. At present, the Internet endings are based on Latin characters. This opportunity will broaden Internet access for the global community.

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In October, Twitter announced that it will give the present of language support to F.I.G.S the acronym for French, Italian, German and Spanish languages.

This is an exciting time! Multiple language support will spark a romance with the Internet for newbies and rekindle the flame for others. Internationalizing languages on the Internet will also provide students and adults opportunities to develop language skills enabling them to compete in a global workplace.

The World Wide Web is wooing the globe! Isn’t it romantic?


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