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Esperanto domains may spur revival

Failed unilingo may get online fame at last

Esperanto eble peni unu revidi! Or, in terms more than a handful of people will understand, Esperanto may make a comeback. The universal language will now be one of many supported in domain names provided by Register.com.

Register.com announced yesterday that it is to launch a multilingual domain registration service aimed at European users. The service will be up and running within the week.

The company says it is launching the service in an attempt to resolve some of the internet's linguistic hurdles. Register.com's service will allow users to create domain names with special characters including accents, umlauts and tildes. Customers will also gain access to the forthcoming Afternic multilingual domain exchange.

Esperanto was developed in the late 1800s as a possible way of linking people across the world via a common language. But though some hoped the language could solve cultural battles, Esperanto has, as yet, failed to make much of an impact.

(Apologies to Esperanto speakers, who will note our Esperanto is truly abysmal)


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