Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Hey, why not

It might mean that Ontario business can get a .on domain name. If that happens, I reserve www.hard.on

What am I talking about? This.

The Parti Quebecois's Daniel Turp starts a petition to get the province its own ".qc" for all French-Canadian Web sites

It is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that doles these out, and they are governed by a large set of strict rules from the ISO. One of these is the ISO 31-66-1, which lays out the two-letter country codes as dictated by who the United Nations deems an official country.

“There’s no .qc on there. And to get a two-letter code, you have to go to the standards body to get reclassified as a country,”

It also argues that a precedent has been set by the autonomous Spanish region Catalonia, which has its own .cat domain. It was “established to serve the needs of the linguistic community and Catalan culture,” according to the petition.

Well, uh. cat has three letters in it, which means different rules.

However, Catalonia is not a two-letter country code domain like .ca, but a sponsored domain requested by an independent agency. It was created to serve the needs of Catalan speakers across three countries who did not want to be scattered among the domains for Spain (.es), France (.fr) and Italy (.it).

So really, under the existing system, they could apply for .fre for french speakers across all french speaking locales. But that's not their intent is it?

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