Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Next stop for Khmer script: domain names



Next stop for Khmer script: domain names

Next stop for Khmer script: domain names

Internet domain names in Khmer script could become a reality in the next year, according to Seng Sopheap, president of the National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT.

Over the past 10 months, the institute’s academics, along with officials from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and technical experts, have been preparing a set of standard linguistic rules for Khmer domain names.

On Monday, they submitted a final version to the Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages global domain name systems.

“Until now, domain names could only be in ASCII,” Sopheap said, referring to the characters on most keyboards. “It’s not good, because people don’t know Latin characters.”

He said that even though Khmer content is available online, web addresses must be typed with Latin letters, which keeps many off the internet. “Cambodian farmers never learned A-B-C-D,” he said, adding that Khmer domain names would also help businesses connect with consumers.

ICANN will review the document and have a follow-up meeting with the institute next month. If there are no technical issues, ICANN will begin working to implement the ability to register domains in Khmer.

In 2014, ICANN teamed with various national panels to develop top-level domains, including those ending in “.com” or “.edu”, in such non-Latin-script languages as Khmer, Arabic and Chinese.

Chey Tech, an internet analyst, said that implementing Khmer characters in top-level domains is a challenging problem as Khmer is not a widespread language and some minority groups have different ways of writing the same words.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian