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Microsoft/RealNames, realnames

Robert Shaw Email

And another clear thinking email, from Bob Shaw of the ITU.


Hi Keith,

Sorry to hear RealNames is shutting down. I don’t think a lot of people in the US understand the importance of offering a non-Latin name resolution service and how important it is to the Asia-Pac countries and elsewhere. I guess the only way to demonstrate it is to give an English language speaker a Chinese, Japanese, Hanguel or Arabic version of Windows and ask them to type in a name in those languages in the address bar.

Then they get it….

Enjoyed your web blog. Got inspired and did it myself – see http://radio.weblogs.com/0108486/ until I get it pointed to a real domain.

Best of luck…


Robert Shaw <“>robert.shaw@itu.int>;

ITU Internet Strategy and Policy Advisor

International Telecommunication Union <http://www.itu.int> Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

7:11:59 AM