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Domain names get international flavor

The European Commission has introduced the use of non-Roman characters in .eu domain names.
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Written by Matthew Broersma on
The European Commission has introduced the use of non-Roman characters in .eu domain names, allowing the names to incorporate characters from all twenty-three official languages of the European Union for the first time.

The introduction of internationalized domain names (IDNs) means domain names can include accented accented characters such as 'ç', commonly used in Portuguese and Catalan, and 'ñ', as used in Spanish and Basque, as well as names written in Greek or Cyrillic characters, the Commission said on Thursday.

"Many internet users will come from countries where most languages are not based on the 'a to z' Latin script and they will naturally want to use their own scripts," said Viviane Reding, the EU's Information Society Commissioner, in a statement on Thursday. "The launch of international domain names under .eu will respond even better to the needs of a multilingual and multicultural Europe."

For more, read "EU gets internationalized domain names" on ZDNet UK.

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