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India: One country, many IDNs

If you’re interested in learning more about IDNs, UNESCO and EURid recently released a report on the evolution and challenges of IDNs.

It’s a good read and it highlights some of the struggles that countries and registries face and taking IDNs mainstream. Though Russia has so far proven to be a major success story — with more than 800,000 IDN registrations so far (and counting) — most other IDNs are have a long ways to go yet. Arabic IDNs in particular face an uphill battle because web browsers offer poor (and inconsistent) support for them.

I noticed in the report that India’s IDNs were not all properly displayed. So here’s a screen shot from our IDN poster that illustrates the wealth of scripts used within India, as illustrated by the country’s seven (yes, seven) approved IDNs:

As of today, 26 countries have received one or more IDNs; I’ve collected the full list here.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of . He has published 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card and is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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3 thoughts on “India: One country, many IDNs

  1. This reminds me about the pending discussion on Malayalam IDN standardization issues. See http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/13/stories/2010121357790400.htm and http://wiki.smc.org.in/CDAC-IDN-Critique

  2. Thanks Anivar. It will be interesting to see how these issues get resolved.

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