Internationalised Domain Names To Be Introduced For Ireland Namespace

It seems likely that the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages Ireland’s “.ie” country code top-level domain (ccTLD), is to go ahead with the introduction of “Internationalised Domain Names” to the Irish internet market. Stripped of the jargon it simply means that Irish-based websites using “.ie” at the end of their addresses will be able to make use of special or non-standard characters in their names. Importantly, these include the síneadh fada or fada, the acute accent in Irish spelling. This would allow someone to register, for instance, a website as “éire.ie” instead of “ireland.ie” (sorry, the former is already gone). From the IEDR press release:

“The Public Consultation on the proposed policy change to allow the introduction of Internationalised Domain Names to the .ie namespace is now open.

Through the framework of the IEDR Policy Development Process (PDP), the IEDR’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) has reviewed a policy change request in relation to the introduction of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) to the .ie namespace.

This policy change would allow for the registration of .ie domain names which include acute accents / fadas on vowels, .e.g. á é í ó ú.”

Given that the end of the consultation is being heavily promoted in the press on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day it’s probably a done-deal. Of course the tabloid Journal decided to feature people dressed as fucking leprechauns on its report of the upcoming change but would you expect from the Anglo-American Buzzfeed-Lite of Ireland?

However, there’s still no progress on the provision of a “.éire” domain name for Ireland alongside the existing “.ie.

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13 comments

  1. But why would you want to register a domain name that most of your visitors can’t enter?

    They’ve been available for ages, but no one is using them for precisely that reason. My keyboard layout doesn’t even have these letters – á é í ó ú. I’d have to switch it each time I wanted to visit a website whose domain contains at least one of them.

    1. Switch it? You’ve no idea what you are doing then.

      á, é, í, ó, ú

      Simples, without switching.

      1. I don’t even have the Irish keyboard layout installed, because I’ve never needed it. I use a Latvian KB layout, because it’s perfectly compatible with all languages that I use and I don’t have to switch anything.

        It makes sense to use just the standard 26 letters in your domain name – that way you ensure that everyone in the world will be able to enter it.

    2. Jānis, international domain characters are used all over the world, and will be far more common in the future. The changes apply to more than just the Irish orthography. For instance we could have a “jānis.ie”, if such a thing were desirable! 😉

      Both Spanish and French domain registries have shown a significant interest in non-standard Latin characters to serve their particular linguistic needs.

      1. This is very old news. Those domain names were introduced in Latvia back in 2004. And we already do have http://www.jānis.lv and http://www.tūdaliņ.lv and all the other domain names that foreigners can’t enter. I haven’t seen any businesses or govt. institutions actually using them. Just some people who like to mess around. Not only those domain names can’t be entered by foreigners who don’t have any idea which keyboard layout to use (and the required one might not even be available on their system), but even worse – if they do try to enter them ignoring diacritics, then they’ll arrive to a completely different website.

    1. no .py belongs to Paraguay.
      Russia has two cc tlds.
      .ru – Russia and .рф (.rf) – Russian Federation.

      And .er already belongs to Eritrea.

      1. Are you the only one who wants .éire cc tld?

        If yes, then why should they listen to a random blogger?

          1. You sound like the plan to introduce the .éire cc tld has been officially announced and it’s something more than an idea expressed by a single blogger.

            1. Jānis, the link is clearly to my expressed opinions and I make no claims beyond that. The suggestion is not even mine but one that has been circulating for some time.

  2. Choice is always a good thing, if people want an IDN than why not, it’s covered by all the RFC’s going back years. I draw a line on emoji IDN’s though (which are technically in breech of relevant RFC’s anways)

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