Our workshop will primarily focus the the issue of Implementation of Multilingual Internet through IDN's (Internationalized Domain Names) so that we may connect remaining 57% population of the world to the internet in their local/Native language.
Many communities are actively and independently working to realize various components of multilingual internet viz. Support for Indic languages on various browsers and operating systems, partial support on email clients and servers, availability of software keypads and fonts for Indic languages, availability of some web content in local languages (though not significant), translation option from English to some of the local languages etc.
However, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed. Broad challenges revolve around the universal acceptance of internationalized domain names, lack of awareness about the availability of many language tools like fonts and virtual keypads, the issue of email address internationalization, lack of standardization etc.
Hence, it is imperative to bring all these communities together to collectively address the challenges in creation of a multilingual ecosystem, by sharing of information and insights from their individual scope of work.
This workshop will ignite the thought amongst the participants to examine opportunities and challenges associated with achieving, goal of Multilingual Internet.