Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)
On April 9th 2008 Resolution 616/2008 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was approved. This resolution incorporates the multilingual characters “�”,“�”, “�”, “�”, “�”, “�”, “�”, “ �”, “�”, “� “,“�”, “�” “�” y “�”, corresponding to the Spanish and Portuguese languages, for registration of Argentine TLDs
As from September 8th until to December 16th 2008 inclusive the stage-by-stage registration of IDNs will be applied, which will be extendable up to December 17th 2008.
Only those entities having an equivalent domain name registered (without multilingual characters) prior to July 31st 2008, will be able to apply for IDN (domain names with multilingual characters) during the stage-by-stage registration period, for which the “conversion rules” must be taken into account
Said application will remain pending of approval until Wednesday 17th of December 17th 2008, which can be extended until Monday 16th of March 2009 inclusive.
Once this approval term for stage-by-stage registration has concluded, the registration period for domain names with multilingual characters will be open for the public in general
Subdomain name GOB.AR
As from September 8th 2008, those who wish to have access to government sites will be able to do so by entering the subdomain name gob.ar
Pursuant to the highlights in NIC�s web page (www.nic.ar), the above decision is based on the need of providing a better access to those domains, making the ending .gob.ar possible for those who speak our language (Spanish), and regarding the international community, the ending .gov.ar (government)
For the purposes listed in the first paragraph, NIC Argentina will create automatically before each application for government domain name (currently .gov.ar) a domain .gob.ar and an homonym of each domain .gov.ar over the new subdomain name gob.ar