From August, Internet domain names will no longer just be a combination of English letters. Chinese characters are about to be added into the mix. And as Mike Patterson explains, this move will open a new genre of diversity to the technological world.
A domain name is the last few letters after the last dot in a website's address. Dot CN is the domain name for China.
But now, there's a new domain name in China: dot Zhong Guo. It's two Chinese characters, which mean China. The country will be the first in the world to not just have English letters as its domain name.
Li Xiaodong, Vice Director, Internet Network Information Center, said, "Chinese netizens account for one fourth of all Internet users in the world. The use of the domain name Dot ZhongGuo is a milestone for Internet development. Besides, it proves China's status in the Internet world."
Both simplified Chinese characters and unsimplified characters have been approved for use. Not just on Chinese mainland, but also in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas. Net users will all be able to use the Chinese character domain name.
For example, when you type Tsinghua University in both unsimplified Chinese and simplified Chinese, it will directly lead to Tsinghua University website.
Now, more than 90 percent of State Ministries and provincial governments, 95 percent of media organizations and 40 percent of China's top 500 companies have started to use the dot ZhongGuo domain name.