While English domain names might not pose much of a problem to most Internet users in the country, the young and the elderly weaned on our mother tongue may find it a big barrier when accessing the Internet proper.
This is not a problem unique to Taiwan - it is also commonplace in many other non-English speaking regions.
To satisfy this demand for multilingual domain names, i-DNS.net International has developed an inter-operable domain name system capable of supporting more than 55 different non-English languages.
Ronald Chen, Director Business Development, i-DNS.net international, was in Taiwan to launch the Chinese domain name system. He said that i-DNS.net would continue playing an active role in championing the use of the Internationalized Domain Name System globally, enabling Internet users from all four corners of the earth to render email addresses and websites in non-English languages.
Presently, i-DNS.net is pursuing a collaboration with TWNIC and the Taiwanese government in promoting the use of Chinese domain names.
Ronald Chen pointed out that Chinese domain names will have a profound significance in promoting the Internet here, at the same time making e-commerce more a part of daily life.
With the rapid growth of the Internet, the number of Internet users in Taiwan is expected to exceed 5 million this year with a large majority coming from the teens to middle age groups.
Children and the elderly account for only a small portion of the population of web-users and this is, in part, due to the fact that language is the greatest obstacle.
Ronald Chen added that other than the existing registration service for Chinese domain names, i-DNS.net has also developed a Chinese e-mail system complete with Chine email addresses, and is planning to launch it here in early April.
The system will, in time, support WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) technology, and users will be able to download emails directly using WAP phones.
Users need only type in their Chinese domain names, there is no need to change any settings or install any software.
The company has already set up domain name system servers in Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, India, United States of America, United Kingdom and Australia. i-DNS.net plans to set up its ninth and tenth system servers in Taiwan, working with established and stable ISPs, such as Hinet or SeedNet.
Ronald Chen explained that with the setting up of the Internationalized Domain Name System, domain names for websites in specific languages can finally be rendered with alphabets or ideograms belonging to the local languages.
Users will only have to type in their local language domain names and be directly linked to the desired website.
While i-DNS.net has already proven to be inter-operable in the global multilingual environment, it will continue efforts to seek cooperation with TWNIC.
-- Translated Article