Internet Domain Names Could Include Armenian Alphabet

Internet domain names could be made available in the Armenian alphabet

YEREVAN (Armenpress)—Internet URL’s may appear written in the Armenian alphabet starting next year, as the governing body of Internet domain names continues to announce major changes to the system, Deputy Director of the Internet Society of Armenia Grigori Saghian told reporters.

According to Saghian, Armenia has applied to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) – the non-profit organization that governs the Internet’s domain name system — for the possibility of registering domain names in the Mesrobian alphabet.

“According to procedure, we should receive an answer within one year after applying,” Saghian said, noting that Armenia applied at the beginning of 2014. “Having domain names in the Armenian alphabet is inevitable, and, to some extent, necessary,” added Saghian.

ICANN has been a focus of discussion in the news recently after announcing a host of proposed changes to the domain name system, including the introduction of a plethora of new suffixes like .wine and .London, some of which have produced controversy.


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