A report cited in a recent United Nations forum on multilingual Internet addresses suggests that Chinese will become the language of the web by 2007.

Presently, only a small majority of almost 500 million users are from English-speaking backgrounds, but the numbers throughout countries such as China are growing quickly.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) says that in 2002, the majority of Internet users will have a non-English language as their favoured tongue.

A brief report is available on the Financial Times site.

Searching the WIPO site revealed no immediate confirmation of the forecasted statistics.