Domain names containing apostrophe successfully operating

In order to find out whether it was technically possible to have domain names with an apostrophe, Ukrainian experts have created three such domain names. The first domain name, '.ua (which, at the time of publication, was registered but did not open), was created by Dmitry Kohmanyuk, Ukraine’s country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) manager.

Two other domain names including an apostrophe are operating with no technical difficulties. They were created by experts working for Hostmaster, the operator of the Ukrainian ccTLD, and the Eastern Ukrainian Internet Coordination Centre, which handles regional domains in eastern Ukraine.

The apostrophe is part of the Ukrainian alphabet and is frequently used to indicate that the consonant preceding a soft vowel is not palatalised.

Hostmaster is ready to co-operate with domain name registrars and introduce new rules making it possible for everyone to register domain names containing an apostrophe.

Some Ukraine representatives who are members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s Cyrillic domain working group are trying to get ICANN’s green light for the creation of such domain names. However, other members are sceptical because of the potential technical difficulties.

Maya Kryvoshei, PETOŠEVIC, Kiev

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