Even before the official start of the .eu TLD
in 2005, EURid
announced that it planned to introduce internationalized domain names
»relatively quickly« after the Go Live.
Now it finally becomes true. Starting from December 10th, 2009
it will be possible to register domains like »bücher.eu« and »flüge.eu«.
282 additional characters for .eu domain names
The expansion of the character set for .eu is a considerably large one
compared to the IDN
introductions of other TLDs
. But no wonder, since
the goal is to allow the characters of all 23 official languages of
the European Union. All in all, the expansion comprises
. Besides the usual suspects (the Umlauts)
there are many other special characters from the alphabets
Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
Knipp's free preregistration system for .eu IDNs
is already open.
If you want to preregister .eu domains with Umlauts or other
special characters for a registration directly with the IDN
on December 10th, you can do so using the normal e-mail template for .eu domains
via the webinterface
of the DRS.
Unlike previously announced, from now on
it is also possible to enter preregistrations for .eu IDNs via webinterface
. Of course, you
can still use e-mail templates for your preregistrations.
No matter how you enter your preregistrations into the DRS, the
system will analyze the domain name and detect whether it is an
or not. If so, your request will be enqueued to be sent out
right with the IDN
start on December 10th. Non-IDN
operations will be
processed as usual, of course.
At Knipp, preregistrations are free of charge
Placing domain names in our preregistration system is free of charge.
You will only be billed for a successful registration, and
even then only the normal
amount for the registration of a .eu domain
You can use the webinterface t o view your .eu-IDN
also cancel them anytime until shortly before the actual start.
That's how the e-mail template works
Simply fill out the fields as you can see in the examples that are contained
within the template, and send the completed form to email@example.com.
In order to allow e-mail templates to be processed by the DRS, you have
to provide your e-mail password in section
»Customer data«, not the one for the web interface!
You have received the e-mail password during your registration at Knipp,
together with the password for the web interface. You can have it resent
to you by using
the Forgotten Login Data?