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Coming From Google: Gmail Addresses With Non-Standard Characters

Starting today, Gmail users can send emails to addresses with accented or non-Latin characters.

Coming From Google: Gmail Addresses With Non-Standard Characters
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Gmail users can now reach email addresses with non-Latin or accented characters. Google announced Tuesday it is adopting the Internet Engineering Task Force’s email standard, which supports accents and other scripts, such as Japanese or Devanagari.

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“Language should never be a barrier when it comes to connecting with others and with this step forward, truly global email is now even closer to becoming a reality,” software engineer Pedro Chaparro Monferrer wrote in a blog post.


In the near future, Google Calendar will recognize non-standard email addresses, and the Mountain View, California search company said down the line, users will be able to create non-standard Gmail accounts of their own with accented or non-Latin characters.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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