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Afilias Announces Spanish Names for .INFO

Company enhances the non-English speaking Internet by allowing individuals to register web site names with native Spanish characters.

Afilias, a registry services provider, announced that Internet users can now register .INFO domain names that include the Spanish characters á, é, í, ñ, ó, ú, and ü. The introduction of these new domain names, termed Internationalized Domain Names, now enables Spanish-speakers to establish Web sites using words commonly used in Spanish such as pelí, teléfono-mó, Í, Piñ, and others.

The registry states that this set of Spanish characters adds to their broad support of IDNs, bringing the total number of languages supported to ten. IT also states that these include scripts for Spanish, German, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Korean.

The company also explained that IDN registrations are based on a technical standard called Punycode that was approved in 2003. .INFO was the first generic domain to automatically accept standards-compliant registrations in 2004 and IDN adoption has slowly grown since all common Web browsers including Mozilla, Opera, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 7 now allow users to natively type in IDN addresses and access these web sites. It also declared that those interested in registering .INFO IDN names should contact an ICANN-accredited and Afilias-authorized registrar of their choice.

“With over 100 million Spanish-speaking Internet users today, 13 million of which are in the United States alone, we believe that the introduction of Spanish IDNs represents an important addition for .INFO and for the growing base of Spanish-speaking users on the Internet,” said Roland LaPlante, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “As the only truly global Internet extension, .INFO Web sites are a natural way for individuals, organizations, and institutions to convey information in their local, native Spanish language.”