Korean alphabet In domain names by 2009

“Hangeul,” the Korean alphabet, could be used for Internet domain names as early as the first quarter of 2009, the head of a domain management agency said Tuesday.

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has been in the process of revising the current Roman alphabet-based system to allow use of other characters for domains such as “com,” “org” and “net” used at the end of addresses.

“We hope for the Korean government to participate in the discussions (for the new domain-labelling system) in Paris (later this month),” said Paul Twomey, president of ICANN, which manages the assignment of domain names and IP addresses throughout the world. The agency hopes to finish the process by the first quarter of next year.

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