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February 24, 2007

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rhys

This is all a very interesting and civil discussion which is a refreshing change.

My background being from partly from Japan and from America, I have to make my point about IDN and why I am bullish on them. Japanese today are prisoners to an ascii based internet that they largely ignore and try to work around with technology solutions like 2D barcode readers in cellphones, Search Engines, and Bookmarking. Type-in does not exist. Would English speakers type-in if domain names were written in some foreign language they didn't feel confident in? No, they wouldn't. IDNs I feel will succeed ultimately and it will become clear over the next year or so when the first companies start to market their IDN domains to direct the first ever Japanese type-in traffic to their sites. At a high level, technology which enables user preference is always favored to win. IDN, simply put, enables users globally to use the language of their preference to access the internet and thus it is nearly inevitable that it will succeed. Don't get me wrong, ASCII isn't going anywhere as long as English remains an important language in large economies such as the US. It's just that non-English speaking end users (thus the vast majority of users of the internet) won't have any need for ascii anymore.

***FS*** This : "It's just that non-English speaking end users (thus the vast majority of users of the internet) won't have any need for ascii anymore." Is going to take many lifetimes if it ever happens.. How many kids globally are going ESL .. how many are doing chieseSL or arabicSL .. The trend is your friend.. and the trend is to Latin characters. Saw a report relating to keyboard manufacture that indicates latin is the trend with support for idn.. trying to find it now.. but that reprot lends credence to the nat'l gegraphic chart.

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