Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are domains that can contain letters in their name that are not limited to the English alphabet (i.e. the ASCII character set). This includes, for example, Latin letters with diacritics, such as č, ć, š, ž and đ. In supporting the aforementioned characters, and an additional 36 from the Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Montenegrin, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Vlach languages, the .RS domain becomes part of the great global family of IDN TLDs. The first such domain was .COM, back in 2000.
Initial registration period for .RS IDN domains
- The initial registration period for .RS IDN domains begins on 10/12/2018 at 12 noon.
- During that time only registrants of existing .RS domains will be able to register .RS IDNs.
- Registrants of new .RS domains registered during this period will also be able to register a corresponding .RS IDN.
- IDNs registered in this period can use one IDN character in a particular position in place of one existing ASCII character (e.g. “č” or “ć” instead of “c”, “š” instead of “s” etc.)
- .RS IDNs must be registered with the accredited registrar (AR) with whom the corresponding .RS domain is already registered.
- RNIDS’ registration fees for .RS IDNs will be the same as the fees for registration of the corresponding .RS domain in all domain spaces (.RS, .CO.RS, .ORG.RS, .EDU.RS, .IN.RS).
Steps in the registration process:
- The registrant submits a request on RNIDS’ website to register a .RS IDN
- After receiving confirmation the registrant confirms registration of the .RS IDN domain by clicking on a verification link.
- After receipt of a message confirming that his/her application has passed RNIDS verification, the registrant pays the fee to the AR for the .RS IDN registration procedure.
- The .RS IDN is then registered
On expiry of the initial registration period on 5/3/2019 at 12 noon, the open registration of IDNs will begin within the .RS domain, meaning that anybody will be able to register them, regardless of whether or not they have a registered .RS domain.
For more information, read the more detailed article on the rules and procedures for registration of IDNs in the initial period.
A short history of IDN domains
There is a global commitment to multilinguality on the Internet. The concept of IDNs first emerged online in 1996, and in 2000 registration of IDNs was enabled within the .COM and .NET domains. Only a year later, ccTLDs began registrations of IDNs, among the first of which was the Japanese .JP domain. In 2003, ICANN, the organisation that manages the global structure of the Internet, approved the IDN standard, and the same year, at the 32nd session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, a recommendation was passed which among other things advocated the promotion and equal use of different languages and scripts on the Internet. In 2003 the first European national registries – the Polish and the Swedish – began registering IDNs. In 2004 they were followed by the Austrian, Swiss, German, Danish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian and Norwegian registries. Thus the Internet entered a new multilingual era.
Every nation aspires to use its own script on the Internet, not just within content but also within the domain name. RNIDS has kept up with global trends, in 2012 facilitating registrations of Cyrillic domains within the .СРБ domain. Now the .RS domain will be opened up to the broader set of Latin characters used in the Republic of Serbia.