One of the fruits of cooperation between the "Science & Technology” and Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
"Science & Technology” Finalizes the Project of E-mail with Arabic Addresses “Rassel
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has recently completed the project of the Arabic Email "Rassel", where it has built-up a pilot website that provides e-mail service using Arabic addresses online, supplies the most accepted basic services on email networks. This distinguished achievement came to existence after studying and investigating linguistic, technical and regulatory aspects as well as the International experiences and practices besides determining the relevant appropriate trends in order to ensure supplying this pilot service in the best way and the optimum shape.
The aim of this project, that can be tried by interested people, specialists and other stakeholder on the link (raseel.sa) “رسيل.السعودية”, targets exploring and understanding requirements of providing the Arabic e-mail service and challenges that may hinder providing such a service through constructing an Arabic e-mail service website available to all users that promotes utilization of Arabic in email addresses and serves those interested in Arabic research aspects concerning search and building up linguistic, technical and organizational approaches.
This project comes as a natural extension of the Arabic Domains activated in 2010 and locally represented by (AlSaudia) domain where internet services are not limited to site-browsing only but there are other applications that are based on names of Arabic domains; the most important of which is the email that is an essential means of communication and accomplishing tasks in our daily life for all of those who use the Internet.
The project uses Arabic letters in the email addresses, where the Arabic email can be used through the browser (the web), or through Outlook program application, that currently does not support Arabic language email service providers, but through using the tools that have already been developed, the user will be able to send and receive Arabic e-mail messages to and from the e-mail service providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and others.
During the project, novelties have been studied, requirements have been analyzed and trends have been identified, in addition to processing and hosting a server email network (shareware) for the Arabic domains (“رسيل.السعودية”), as well as developing raseel tools, that are software attached to Microsoft programs for e-mail, Outlook 2007 and 2010. An independent website has been created for the project and an email system has been developed using an open source version; moreover the project’s website has been developed utilizing open-source systems as well as hosting systems internally.
KACST invited specialists and interested people to try the system, which is the fruit of the agreement concluded by and between Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and KACST in the field of research and development of Arabic domain names.
It is worth mentioning that the Kingdom is the first country in the region to announce the formal launch of registering names of Arabic domains after the completing and finalizing all technical and organizational requirements to start the process of registration on the real ground.