Saturday, 27 March 2010

Acronym IDNs

Latin Script acronyms are common place. Much more interesting are acronyms in non latin scripts. Even more interesting is when non latin script acronyms are used for IDNs. Below, I list acronym IDNs I have found. I list both the full form and the acronym form.
  1. Beijing University 北京大学.中国 北大.中国
  2. Beijing University 北京大學.中國 北大.中國
  3. HongKong University 香港大學.hk 港大.hk
  4. Okayama University 岡山大学.jp 岡大.jp
DDN Co. Ltd, Japan, has an acronym as their Company name. They have an IDN which is also an acronym. Their IDN is a transliteration of DDN into Japanese Katakana where ディー is D and N is エヌ.

Friday, 26 March 2010


 There is a family set of developed Japanese IDNs that are intended for Japanese people who are learning languages. They are all hosted on the same server.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Samsung 삼성

 Samsung has a very interesting IDN. It is an acronym for Samsung. http://ㅅㅅ.com/ In the western world, we are familiar with acronyms for companies eg BT for British Telecom. The Korean for Samsung is 삼성. Take the initial letter/jamo from each syllable and one then has the Korean acronym for Samsung, ㅅㅅ.

Monday, 8 March 2010

City Maps

 Below I list some Google City Maps that use the Region Language. If you are using an English setup then it is most likely that links you create will have the host language set to English (hl=en). I modified the links to resolve to region language maps. I changed hl=en to hl=zh-CN, hl=ko, hl=zh-TW and hl=ja, respectively. With hl=en you will get a hybrid of English and the region language.

Howl's Moving Castle

 The award winning Japanese animation Howl's Moving Castle ハウルの動く城 is being shown at the Cope Auditorium, Loughborough ラフバラ University School of Art & Design, on Thursday March 11th 2010 at 6.30pm. Free Entry! There is a Wikipedia ウィキペディア article about ハウルの動く城 atハウルの動く城
 This event is being organised by Loughborough ラフバラ Student Union and is sponsored by Santander Universities.