Domain Name Registration Related News
AFILIAS INTRODUCES UMLAUTS TO .INFO
19th September, 2003
Afilias - the registrar for .info generic top level domains - has announced that it is to implement an ICANN-standards compliant internationalised domain name (IDN) solution. This will allow web users to register domains using German script umlaut characters- and .
"This is an important step in the evolution of the Internet as a true global medium for communication. .info's success in Germany has been extraordinary and illustrates the demand for domain names that have international meaning," said Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of Afilias' Board of Directors located in Dsseldorf, Germany.
"We believe that German script registrations will be popular given that .info has over a quarter of a million domains already registered in Germany, with at least 10% of those containing the letter combinations ae, oe, and ue, which are the widely used alternatives to registering an umlaut character on the Web."
The umlaut has the effect of adding an "e" after the vowels a, o and u. The letter combinations ae, oe, and ue are generally substituted for , , and in e-mail and other forms of communication where umlauts are not available. There are currently thousands of words in the German language using umlauts previously unavailable to registrants for use in web sites or e-mail.
Details at: http://www.demys.net/news/2003/09/19_idns.htm