The Google wants to make the email more global. It was with this argument that the company revealed on Tuesday (5), that Gmail now supports officially addresses composed of non – Latin characters or have accented letters.
With the new you, the Google email service user will not find any limitation to send messages to addresses like “武@メール.グーグル” or ” reclamaçã[email protected]”.
Well, you certainly never had trouble this by not knowing anyone using email addresses with characters such as those in the previous examples, but this perception does not invalidate the initiative: Google’s idea is to make, in the relatively near future, users from around the world can communicate more often using common alphabet to their language.
The company itself says that more than half the world’s population has native language that does not use the Latin alphabet, which is the basis of language writing system as English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Users from countries like Japan, South Korea and Russia have come to use the Latin alphabet to access global online services, especially those in English, but that is not always an easy task: in China, for example, it is common to find trained domains only by numbers, as 4399.com and 518.cn, since for much of the local population, it is easier to memorize numerical sequences than Latin characters.
In its statement, Google said that the initiative has a foundation one standard created by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2012 to allow e-mail systems can properly support addresses with accents or non – Latin characters.
The pattern is there, ready to use, but needs to be adopted by each provider to be useful. Therefore, any company has to take the first step and this is exactly what Google is doing, according to the words of the company itself.
This is only the first stage of the initiative. Next time, Google promises to update Gmail to also allow the creation of addresses composed of accented characters and non-Latin service.
There’s more: soon, Google Calendar will also support the other alphabet.