Domain name otepäälasteaed.ee becomes 1,000th registered domain name with diacritics
From 13 June this year you can register .ee domain names containing letters with diacritical marks (ä, ö, ü, õ, š and ), thus the whole Estonian alphabet is now covered.
“Just 6 months after the introduction of the procedure for registration of domain names containing letters with diacritical marks we have 1,000 such domain names, which is approximately 1.5% of the total number of .ee domains. Our Northern neighbour Finland introduced the IDN (Internationalised domain names) system back in 2005. As of September 2011, of the total number of 273,000 domains names registered in that country, 2.5% were domains with diacritics,” noted Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation. “We can thus already conclude that the total Estonian alphabet coverage for .ee domains names is a well-received measure. The number of domain names with diacritics is stably increasing. This tendency would become more pronounced if support for addresses containing diacritics were integrated into the popular e-mail programmes,” Kauts added.
Marju Ilistom, who registered otepäälasteaed.ee, the 1,000th domain name with diacritics, says that registration of such domain names facilitates making them truly national: “We wanted something genuinely Estonian – and we got it”.
The .ee domain remains popular in Estonia, despite various platforms that could have set certain growth restrictions on the total number of domains. One of the key drivers behind this growth are the physical constraints associated with the pandemic and the resulting migration of companies to digital channels.
to ensure the quality of the environments we develop and check that the systems work and function according to the given scope.
The purpose of the name contest, organised by the Language Inspectorate, is to draw the attention of entrepreneurs and the public to the increasing spread of foreign languages in the public sphere. In addition to the names of a company, an institution, a non-governmental organisation and a student company, there is also a search for a national domain that sounds beautiful, and that is simple and distinctive, clear and meaningful.