• The Second Universal Acceptance (UA) workshop on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and  Multilingual Internet organized by Theekshana R&D under ICANN’s Local Initiative Project was held on 13th June 2024 at the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA).
  • Software and Web Developers from various organizations such as LankaCom, and Metropolitan Technologies, and experts from various Universities participated in the workshop.
  •  Mr. Champika Wijayatunga, Regional Technical Manager of ICANN presented remotely to the workshop while Prof. Damitha Karunaratna, Director at Theekshana R&D participated physically in the workshop.
  • The welcome address was done by Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana, Chair of ICANN funded Local Initiative Project, followed by the introduction to the ICANN, IDNs and Universal Acceptance by Mr. Champika Wijayatunga.
  • Following the summarization of the previous workshop held on 30th May by Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana, the UA Local Initiative in Sri Lanka and LGR Panel work and MSR5 were further demonstrated by Mr. Champika Wijayatunga and Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana.
  •  Later, the introduction to Unicode and a detailed session on incorporating Unicode in Software Development relating to Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), UA-compliant Sinhala and Tamil – Email Servers, contact forms, and websites were presented by Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana, Chair of ICANN funded Local Initiative Project, Local Language Working Group (LLWG).
  • Introduction Unicode Programming using PHP, Normalization and IDNA2003 vs IDNA2008 were further discussed by Mr. Harsha Wijawardhana during the workshop.

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