.euOn 1 December, VEVIDA will start accepting advance registrations of the new .eu domains with non-Roman characters (IDNs). This will give you a better chance to secure your IDN soon.

From 10 December, EURid, the organisation responsible for .EU domains, will support so-called IDNs – ‘internationalised domain names’. These are domain names containing characters outside the standard Western character set. Examples: Swedish å, German ü, Romanian ş and letters from the Bulgarian and Greek alphabets.

IDN advance registration from 1 December at VEVIDA
There is no ‘sunrise period’ for this introduction, where owners of particular rights (trademarks, etc.) are given precedence. It’s first come, first served. As an extra service, you can register your IDN domain with VEVIDA from 1 December. You follow the usual order and payment procedures to do this. Then, on 10 December, we file your IDN immediately after the new .eu registration system is up and running. Because it is technically possible for someone else to get in a fraction earlier, we can’t give you a 100% guarantee, but the chance of them getting in first with your IDN is virtually nil.

Additional information
You can order an IDN at vevida.com from 1 December. When we check the availability of an IDN, we also check whether your domain meets the preconditions for an IDN. The most important are:

  • The domain uses only characters from the same character set (so not, for example, a combination of Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters);
  • The domain cannot begin with xn--;
  • Not all characters are supported. German ß, for example, is not supported. See the list of supported characters for an overview.
  • A domain cannot be longer than 63 characters after conversion to an ACE string.

An ACE string is what you get when the IDN you enter in the address line of your browser is converted to a form that the domain name system (DNS) understands. For example: the ACE string for the domain name ‘münchen.eu’ is ‘xn--mnchen-3ya’.

Because the IDN registration system will not be online during the advance registration period (1-10 December 2009), every entered and correct IDN domain will be available for registration. Whether that really is the case will, of course, only be clear on 10 December after official registration opens. If the domain name you submit has already been registered by another person, VEVIDA Customer Service will contact you to discuss further options.

Links for more information:

IDN checker: http://www.eurid.eu/en/eu-domain-names/idns-eu

Supported characters: http://www.eurid.eu/en/eu-domain-names/idns-eu/supported-characters

Technical limitations: http://www.eurid.eu/en/eu-domain-names/technical-limitations

FAQs: http://www.eurid.eu/en/faq#IDN

As you can see, there are lots of rules for an IDN. It is also possible for an IDN ordered online at vevida.com to be accepted but later to be refused by EURid. We therefore ask for your understanding and cannot accept responsibility for this. If VEVIDA can ultimately not register your IDN, you will, of course, get your money back.