Since the very start of web addresses being introduced, only Latin-script (English) based web addresses would work. With the ever increasing number of web addresses in use, the regulatory body assigning domain name details has approved the use of non-English addresses.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, have approved a number of internationalised domain names (IDN's) which could be rolled out as soon as next year, the BBC report.
"It is likely the majority of early non-Latin net addresses to be approved will be in Chinese and Arabic script, followed by Russian.
Some countries, such as China and Thailand, have already introduced workarounds that allow computer users to enter web addresses in their own language. However, these were not internationally approved and do not work on all computers."