EU adds new characters to domain names
Greek, Cyrillic, and other different character sets will now be able to work on the '.eu' domain.
The European Union has added the ability for all character sets from all 23 EU languages to be usable in European domain names.
The move follows ICANN's lead, with the international body opening up domain names to different scripts last month.
The EU change means Greek or Cyrillic characters can be used in domains for the three million '.eu' sites, 309,000 of which are in the UK.
"Internationalised domain names under .eu, our European top level domain, are a big step towards a truly global and at the same time local internet," said Viviane Reding, the EU's Information Society Commissioner, in a statement.
"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," she said.
The newly allowed characters include "", "", "", "" or "", while Spainish sites will get their "" and French, Portuguese and Catalan speakers will be able to use "".
Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape
How key technology partners grow with your organisationDownload now
Evaluate your order-to-cash process
15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operationsDownload now
AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?
How AI can benefit your businessDownload now
Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift
A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilitiesDownload now