Should French accents be included on .ca domain names?

by NextMontreal on September 26, 2011

ciraThe Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which handles .ca domain names, has launched a consultation process to find out what Canadians think about adding French characters to domain names. In technical terms, when a domain name works with any character beyond the a-z alphabet, it’s called an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN). So CIRA is considering the implementation of French character IDNs, so that .ca domain names can be written correctly in French.

That means you could use accents like á, ë, â or ô in website names. I’d be able to change http://nextmontreal.com to http://nextmontrél.com if I wanted to.

You can participate in the consultation and have your say on the CIRA website setup for this discussion. The consultation will take place over the next 12 weeks.

So what do you think? Does this make sense? Is it worthwhile to add these characters into domain names and URLs?