Rajasthan First State with Hindi E-Mail IDs (Download PDF)

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Rajasthan was first state in India to launch free email addresses in Hindi for its residents. The facility will be available at name@rajasthan. bharat (in Devanagari script). Aims to increase participation of people towards e-governance and ensuring maximum government facilities in vernacular language.

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Image of Devanagari Unicode

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What is Unicode?

  • Fundamentally, computers store letters by assigning a number for each one. Before Unicode was invented, character encodings like ASCII assigned letters numbers and mostly covered only English language characters.

  • Unicode Standard provides a unique number for every character representing languages and symbols in all major operating systems, search engines, browsers, laptops, and smart phones—plus the Internet and World Wide Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc. ).

Devnagari Script in Unicode

  • Devanagari is a Unicode block containing characters for writing Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi, Nepali, and Sanskrit.
  • For supporting emails and webpages in Hindi, it is necessary to have the email clients, computers and mail servers understand Devanagari Unicode block in email address field.

Key Facts

  • Project is implemented by state IT department with partnership in form of in-sourcing with private IT companies.

  • Initiative part of ‘Rajasthan DigiKit’ with more than one crore enrollment from the state.

  • All government personnel in state to have an email id in Hindi.

  • The Hindi email ID is being offered to all the Internet users.

Requirements for Non-English (ASCII) Email

Technical requirements for sending of messages containing non-ASCII characters by email include

  • Encoding of certain header fields (subject, sender’s and recipient’s names, sender’s organization and reply-to name) and, optionally, body in a content-transfer encoding

  • Encoding of non-ASCII characters in one of the Unicode transforms

  • Negotiating the use of UTF-8 encoding in email addresses and reply codes (SMTPUTF8)

  • Sending the information about the content-transfer encoding and the Unicode transform used so that the message can be correctly displayed by the recipient (see Mojibake).

- Published/Last Modified on: December 27, 2017

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