Wednesday, August 8, 2012

IDN .CA Domain Names Coming January 2013

I don't know how recently this was posted on the CIRA site, but when I saw it today it was news to me.  Not the part about IDN .ca domains being in the works, but a date has now been set for when we will start seeing them.

IDN .ca domain names with french accented characters will be made available in about five months from now, in early January 2013.

I think most of the best potential french IDN's have already been registered in ASCII characters, because up until now it was the best option available.  If you own the .ca ASCII character version of a french word with accents right now, it means you'll have the rights to all the variants when they become available.  At least that's how I understand it.  I know I have some french words in .ca that I will put to IDN come January.

The information below is from the website:


IDN Consultation

Over the past 7 months, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has considered the proposed implementation of French characters (also known as Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs) in .CA domain names.  As part of this process, CIRA consulted extensively with subject matter experts, our CIRA Certified Registrars and conducted two public consultations to obtain feedback on CIRA’s proposed implementation of IDNs.
CIRA would like to thank everyone who participated and provided us input. CIRA received a tremendous amount of feedback, which has directly and demonstrably shaped our IDN implementation plans. 
IDNs are currently scheduled to be made available in early January 2013
Now that the IDN consultation is complete, CIRA has begun to develop the policies for the implementation of IDNs, and the technology required to implement this new offering.  CIRA will continue to communicate any developments in the implementation of IDNs via our website and regular electronic communications.
To read more about the coming IDN .ca's, and the process, go to:

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