Multi-Lingual URL System
The Internet’s addressing system – called the domain name system or DNS – does not permit the use of non-Latin scripts such as Japanese, Chinese, or Hebrew. Meaningful Machines’ patented multilingual Internet addressing system is the only system that enables people to use non-Latin scripts to access and view every domain name, sub-site address, or e-mail address that exists on the Internet. This URL (Uniform Resource Locators) translation system is a multi-lingual Internet addressing system that translates URLs based on their meaning. Meaningful Machines’ patent covers the conversion of non-Latin URLs to Latin character URLs based on the meaning of words in the address and the phonetic sounds of the isolated characters in the address.
Meaningful Machines' system, known as Internet Driver, can be embedded in the browser as a client side solution or offered by an ISP to its customers as a server side solution. It immediately allows users to get to any existing site on the Internet by typing addresses in their native language. Also, as users surf the Internet, website addresses (including sub-sites) are translated and shown in their browser bar. Under other systems, users of one character script cannot reach a website unless the website specifically re-registers itself in that script. Thus, these systems actually limit access to the Web and fracture the Internet based on character script. Internet Driver’s ability to translate all existing domain names and subsites into any language means that the system does not rely on mass re-registration by websites to deliver a comprehensive “in-language” experience on “day one” to its users. Internet Driver was successfully beta-tested in Israel (Hebrew), and prototype systems in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean have been developed.
The U.S. patent was issued in 2005, and some foreign patents have been issued and others are pending.