Use of diacritics in Czech domains again refused

Prague, 19 November – For the fourth time in a row, the Czech Internet public refused the introduction of diacritics in the .CZ domain system. This ensues from a public opinion survey carried out by Markent for the CZ.NIC association, the administrator of the Czech domain registry. Eight-seven percent of organisations that responded and 62 percent of ordinary Internet users surveyed objected to the introduction of the IDN system (Internationalized Domain Names). The number of organizations opposed to the use of diacritics was up 6 percent compared to the previous survey taken in 2008, while for ordinary Internet users it was down 4 percent. The survey results are an important factor for the CZ.NIC association in terms of accepting or refusing IDN in domains with the .CZ suffix.

“The repeated refusal of IDN was not a surprise. The last three surveys had very similar results and there have been no signs over the last two years pointing towards a change in this trend. Quite the opposite – in the long term, the negative attitude of the Czech Internet public toward IDN is growing,” stated Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Among the most frequent spontaneously mentioned negative aspects of IDN were unwillingness to get used to the change and more complicated access for foreign visitors. The survey also shows that a typical supporter of IDN among individual users is a woman over 50 who lives in a municipality with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants and who uses the Internet occasionally. As for organisations, the typical entity is a non-profit organisation or an entity active in the public administration, education, or health sectors.

As the introduction or refusal of IDN is an oft discussed topic, CZ.NIC has launched a special Internet site after publishing the results of the previous survey: www.háčkyčárky.cz. At this site, with a domain name deliberately chosen to include diacritics, visitors may find a variety of information about IDN as well as find out how many diacritic variants are there for any domain, real or imaginary.

Prague, 19 November – For the fourth time in a row, the Czech Internet public refused the introduction of diacritics in the .CZ domain system. This ensues from a public opinion survey carried out by Markent for the CZ.NIC association, the administrator of the Czech domain registry. Eight-seven percent of organisations that responded and 62 percent of ordinary Internet users surveyed objected to the introduction of the IDN system (Internationalized Domain Names). The number of organizations opposed to the use of diacritics was up 6 percent compared to the previous survey taken in 2008, while for ordinary Internet users it was down 4 percent. The survey results are an important factor for the CZ.NIC association in terms of accepting or refusing IDN in domains with the .CZ suffix.

“The repeated refusal of IDN was not a surprise. The last three surveys had very similar results and there have been no signs over the last two years pointing towards a change in this trend. Quite the opposite – in the long term, the negative attitude of the Czech Internet public toward IDN is growing,” stated Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC association.

Among the most frequent spontaneously mentioned negative aspects of IDN were unwillingness to get used to the change and more complicated access for foreign visitors. The survey also shows that a typical supporter of IDN among individual users is a woman over 50 who lives in a municipality with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants and who uses the Internet occasionally. As for organisations, the typical entity is a non-profit organisation or an entity active in the public administration, education, or health sectors.

As the introduction or refusal of IDN is an oft discussed topic, CZ.NIC has launched a special Internet site after publishing the results of the previous survey: www.háčkyčárky.cz. At this site, with a domain name deliberately chosen to include diacritics, visitors may find a variety of information about IDN as well as find out how many diacritic variants are there for any domain, real or imaginary.


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