The nonprofit body that oversees internet addresses has approved the use of Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, and other scripts not based on Latin characters in a decision that could make the web dramatically more inclusive, reports the Associated Press. The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, voted to allow such scripts in domain names at the conclusion of a weeklong meeting in Seoul, South Korea. The decision by the board’s 15 voting members was unopposed and welcomed by applause and a standing ovation. It followed years of debate and testing. The result clears the way for governments or their designees to submit requests for specific names, likely beginning Nov. 16. Internet users could start seeing them in use early next year, particularly in Arabic, Chinese, and other scripts in which demand has been among the highest, ICANN officials say. "This represents one small step for ICANN, but one big step for half of mankind who use non-Latin scripts, such as those in Korea, China, and the Arabic speaking world, as well as across Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world," Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s CEO, said ahead of the vote…

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