Thursday, January 26, 2012

New French IDNs for Canada

Beyond ASCII: Canada's Domain Registry will soon adopt French Internationalized Domain Names.

Canada is one of the truly bilingual nations on earth with English and French languages being used almost in equal measure. The equality will now extend to the DNS. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is preparing for the addition of diacritics that would allow French webmasters/Domain owners to be able to direct Internet users to their .ca domain names in proper French.

For example, the website for Quebec City would be accessible from both www.ville.quebec.qc.ca and www.ville.qu├ębec.qc.ca.

IDNs are already in common used in Europe and the Middle East. Until recently, only non-accented Latin-based characters that were recognized under the American Standard Code for Information Interchange(ASCII) have been allowed in domain names issued by CIRA and other global domain registries.


The roll out of Canadian IDNs comes after some policy deliberations by CIRA over the past year.
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