The Report on Internationalised Domain Names continues a long-standing research collaboration between EURid and UNESCO, with the support of Verisign and the regional ccTLD organisations.
The major findings from this year`s report are:
- As of December 2018, 9 million IDNs were registered around the world, an increase of 20 % since 2017.
- IDNs comprise 2.5% of the world’s domains, a percentage that has grown 0.5% during last year. The data in this report include IDNs across both ccTLDs and gTLDs, both at the first and second level.
- Distribution patterns of IDN registrations are different from those of traditional, ASCII domain names. IDN registrations are highest in Asia and Pacific region, with China covering 3.9 million of the registered IDNs.
- in email,
- online user identifiers,
- and even in browsers, applications and devices including Internet of Things.
“There has been progress in supporting IDNs in mobile browsers and in email, but more work is needed to connect up these gains, to offer IDN users the same experience as their counterparts who use traditional domain names”, comments Emily Taylor, lead author of the IDN World Report.
EURid continues to support the linguistic diversity online by adding another IDN extension to its portfolio. The .ευ (Greek script) was launched on 14 November 2019, while the .ею (Cyrillic script) has been available since June 2016.
The 2019 report also includes a study highlighting the online experience of European indigenous language speakers, to mark the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.
View the 2019 IDN World Report at idnworldreport.eu.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu, .ею and .ευ top-level domains, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 700 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. As part of its ongoing commitment to data security, EURid has been certified for the ISO27001 security standard since 2013. EURid is also registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of its environmental commitment. More information at: www.eurid.eu.