Since very long, when we need to setup an email for ourselves, all we got to use for our username were Latin characters (the regular alphabets) i.e, we did not have access to accented Latin characters (é, ó ) or non-Latin characters (武, グ). But Google took the first step in implementing non-Latin characters or accented characters in the usernames of email addresses and caused all of this to change.
Back in 2012, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) created a new email standard that supports addresses with non-Latina and accented Latin characters. “In order to make this standard a reality, every email provider and every website that asks you for your email address must adopt it. That’s obviously a tough hill to climb. The technology is there. But someone has to take the first step. Today, we’re ready to be that someone”, says an official Google blog post.
Starting now, Gmail recognizes email addresses with accented Latin or non-Latin characters which implies users can send and receive emails from people who have these characters in their email addresses. Shortly, this support will extend to Google Calendar too. Google also promises that this is only a first step and lot more is to come. Whatever that is, we’re eagerly waiting to know.
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