“Less than half of the world’s population has a mother tongue that uses the Latin alphabet in writing” says yesterday’s press announcement by Google, “and even fewer people use only the letters A-Z.” So if your name or the word that you want to use in an email address contains non-Latin characters (like Japanese) or accented ones (like José or André), your e-mail address options are limited. Google is now changing this.
In the blog post, the company says it is now adopting the new e-mail standards set by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that supports addresses with non-Latin and accented Latin characters.
As of today, Gmail will recognize addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters, meaning that Gmail users can send emails to, and receive emails from, people who have these characters in their email addresses. Calendar services are said to follow very shortly.
Of course, in order for this standard to work properly worldwide, every email provider and website that asks for an email address must adopt it.