Thailand UA Initiative

To address the Universal Acceptance of domain names and email addresses, Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) organized local initiatives.

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To mobilize the software application developers to get their products UA Ready by providing encouragement, documentation, case studies, tools and measures to deliver the right user experience to the end user
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UASG – Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Introduction to Thailand

The current population of Thailand is over 69 million. The official language of Thailand is Thai. The number of Internet users has gradually increased. In 2019, there is approximately 47.5 million Internet users, which is about 70% of the population. The .th country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Thailand has been operated since 1988. In 2010, .ไทย top-level domain was registered and introduced for Thailand, intended for domain names in the local language. Most of the web sites in Thailand cannot accept, validate and process, .ไทย email addresses and domains correctly.

Motivation for Starting the UA Local Initiative in Thailand

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

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. With the emergence of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) and Internationalized Email address (EAI), two of the important fundamental protocols, made an effective step to achieving a multilingual Internet. IETF and ICANN released- guidelines for IDN and EAI that allow Internet users to use domain names and email addresses in their preferred scripts. However, some websites, software, and applications remain unable to accept and process the domain names and emails address as valid names as guided by IETF. 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, especially the software/web developers and system administrators, 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