Web around the world

This Internet thing is going global. Finally.

For the first time since people began typing domain names into browsers, a portion of the Arabic-speaking corner of the planet is able to use their language to get to websites. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, gave approval last month for domain names in Arabic for Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Domain registration companies got the green light Wednesday to begin working to get websites domains ending in the new Arabic suffix. Before the addition, sites were confined to addresses using Latin characters, such as ".com" or ".org" or any of dozens of other suffixes.

ICANN said it has received 21 requests for domains representing 11 languages since it began accepting applications in November.

A screen grab showing a domain name using Arabic characters:

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