Thailand UA Local Initiative

Universal Acceptance means inclusive Internet

Motivation

Allowing only a restricted character set (ASCII a to z, 0 to 9, and the hyphen) within the Internet Domain Name System causes difficulty for non-English to learn a new character set to send emails or access to websites. The emergence of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) and Internationalized Email address (EAI) made an effective step to achieving a multilingual Internet. However, some websites, software, and applications remain unable to accept and process the domain names and emails address as valid names. Web addresses cannot be resolved to the intended resource on the website. Mail systems cannot send mails to expected recipients.

We aim to increase the awareness of its significance and educate related parties to ensure that IDNs and EAI email addresses can be accepted and used faultlessly.

Target Local Stakeholders

  • Technology developers/administrators
  • Software development companies
  • Developers for application providers that serve businesses
  • Technical community

Dominant of English in Internet use is a digital divide that restricts Thai users who use non-English characters or scripts to access data and information as well as to use Internet services.

News

  • Thailand UA Local Initiative in TWIGF 2020
    November 12, 2020, Photchanan Ratanajaipan, Thailand UA Local Initiative coordinator, shared THNIC experiences in EAI and IDN Email Service Solutions in TWIGF 2020. The session, Email Address Internationalization (EAI): Working Together Towards a More Linguistically Inclusive and Diverse Internet, moderated by ICANN and TWNIC.
  • UASG established UA Local Initiative in Thailand
    By Ajay Data, UASG Chair – 29 October 2020 Throughout the year, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) spearheads global projects that raise awareness of Universal Acceptance (UA) and seek to achieve a multilingual and inclusive Internet, one that ensures all domain names and email addresses – in any language, script, or character length (e.g., .рф, .ভারত, .PHOTOGRAPHY) – are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. Among these core projects are the UA local initiatives, which are led by community groups and stakeholders around the world. >> อ่านเพิ่มเติม