IEDR has launched a public consultation on the introduction of IDN domains in the .ie name space.The consultation period runs from February 21st, 2016, until March 21st, 2016.Up until now only Latin characters have been permitted in .ie domain names, even though one of Ireland's official languages is Irish (gaelic) which uses accented characters. The "fada" is used in … [Read more...] about IEDR Opens Public Consultation On IDN Domains
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If your first language isn't English and you don't use the Latin character set you can and will run into barriers. While IDN domain names ie. domain names where either the left of the dot, the right of the dot or the entire string is in characters other than Latin ones, do exist and have existed for a number of years not all services work well with them.This video that … [Read more...] about Gmail Now Supports IDN Email
Earlier this week dns.be launched IDNs (internationalised domain names).The Belgian registry opted to support the accented characters for Dutch, French and German. In so doing they've also ended up providing support for other European languages, such as Swedish, Finnish and Danish.The characters supported are … [Read more...] about Belgian Country Code Now Supports IDN
CIRA, the registry operator for the Canadian ccTLD .ca, is raising its profile at the moment.They've taken over the frontpage of La Presse today, though it's not viewable form outside Canada:Why are they doing this?Very simply it's all related back to the launch of IDNs in .ca in order to support French language characters. It is now possible for French .CA … [Read more...] about CIRA Goes Large on Marketing And PR For Launch of French Language IDN
Pinky of DomainDiction put out a short tongue in cheek "trailer" earlier today.Enjoy: It uses some of our graphics from DotWhat.co :)The "draw" is taking place today in LA Related articlesNew gTLD lottery tickets now on sale (domainincite.com) … [Read more...] about New TLDs The Movie
With the release of the new TLD applicant and application list there's a huge amount of data available.You can download the information from the ICANN site or browse it online.However with nearly two thousand applications it's pretty awkward to see some of the data quickly and easily.With that in mind we (Blacknight) have put together a fairly simple site that … [Read more...] about Digging Into New TLDs
The technology media today is swamped with coverage of the new TLD "reveal" in London.Since I'm based in Ireland I thought I'd have a closer look at the "Irish" applicants.There aren't that many:Afilias Limited Afilias Domains No. 1 Limited IRB Strategic Developments Limited TLD REGISTRY LIMITED Accenture Global Services LimitedThe two Afilias companies … [Read more...] about So Which New TLD Applicants Claim To Be Irish?
With the countdown towards the opening of the application window on new TLDs next January draws closer the number of new TLD related events is growing.In November there will be a one day event on new TLDs in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the moment the timetable covers topics such as:intellectual property IDNs IPv6 DNSSEC new TLD application … [Read more...] about New TLD Event To Be Held In Bulgaria
IDNs might be a slightly "hot" topic at the moment following on from ICANN's launch of the IDN cctld program recently.However, IDNs are NOT a new topic.Far from it.They've been around for quite some time.Unfortunately neither The Times Online or Mashable seem to have done any homework. Considering the amount of content available on IDNs that has been researched and actually … [Read more...] about IDN Scaremongering – Mashable and Times Online Screw Up
Image via WikipediaWhen .eu launched a couple of years ago all member states were given the chance to put names down on a "reserve list". The idea being that these names should only be registered either by the state or its organs. Unfortunately some governments didn't take advantage of this, with the end result being that the .eu launch led to domains like cork.eu and dublin.eu … [Read more...] about EU IDNs – Some Governments Still Don’t Get It!