CIRA Launches French-language Domain Names

The organization that manages .CA domains is now allowing Canadians to register .CA Internet addresses correctly in both official languages.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is now supporting the use of all French characters in .CA domain names for the first time.

French .CA domain names will now be able to use the full range of characters and ligatures including: é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï, and ÿ.

“This is great news for all Canadians because it means they can now use the .CA domain in Canada’s two official languages, French and English,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.

Holland adds: “This is also great news for owners of .CA domains and their website visitors because it means that domain names can precisely match names, businesses and trademarks.”

CIRA notes that implementing French-language characters is a far more challenging and complex process than it may at first appear to be. As an example, the domain préside.ca could have 62 different spelling variations depending on the choice of characters used. Therefore, it was important for CIRA to develop a number of policies to simplify the procedure.

In response, CIRA created a bundling policy that removes the necessity to register every special-character variant of an existing .CA domain.

This means if you register, or have already registered, a specific domain, you’re automatically granted an exclusive right to register all of its variants, even though you’re under no obligation to do so. For example, only the owner of cira.ca will have the right to register cïra.ca and cîra.ca.

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