Just three scripts represent 90% of IDN registrations. Many of the scripts supporting the world’s most spoken languages, including Arabic, Devanagari and Telugu, comprise a tiny proportion of overall IDN registrations.
We have analysed the script of the 8.7 million IDNs. We present our results by three views:
- script of all IDNs,
- script of second level IDNs; and
- script of top level IDNs.
The results show for the first time that Han (used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages) is the most popular script in every category. Latin script comprises 39% of second level IDNs, but only 2% of top level IDNs. This is not a surprising result, given that Latin script IDNs fit well within an ASCII TLD (eg .eu, .vn or .com), whereas the top level IDNs that have been created tend to be in non-Latin scripts, and usually support the same, single script across both second and top levels.