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Greek web users to have 'Greek' domain names from July 4

The Greek alphabet is to make its way into Greek domain names from July 4, the country’s telecommunications authorities EETT reported on Tuesday. The step is intended to increase the use of new technologies in Greece.

At the present time, Greek web sites only use the Latin alphabet for domain names – due to both technical problems and a lack of preparation by the registration countries, says the EETT.

Unfortunately for the Greeks, as with other non-Latin alphabets, the step is something of a compromise as the Greek characters have to be slotted in between the protocol (Http://www) and the country top level domain name (.gr).

The EETT says, “The measure should contribute to strengthening the Greek alphabet and give a new momentum to the use of new technologies”. Not everyone in Greece knows the Latin alphabet and the recent Eurostat research, reported earlier in this blog, shows that Greece is behind when compared with 30 European nations.

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2 Responses to Greek web users to have 'Greek' domain names from July 4

  1. Greek Domain Names says:

    The latest version of IE vatively supports IDNs and greek alphabet domain names.

  2. Dimitris says:

    Domains with Greek Alphabet are not used a lot, mainly because IE browser doesn’t support Unicode domain names. A plugin needs to be downloaded to add this functionality.
    For those who want to register greek domain names, they may use http://www.papaki.gr

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