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The new .cat tld seems to have slipped under the radar

 10:35 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

This tld is surprisingly low profile but then it's supposed to cover websites about catalan culture and language as well as catalonian businesses - hardly a huge money spinner.

.cat registry [domini.cat]

But what about registering fat.cat or cool.cat and having a catalonian translation to satisfy the registry's requirements?

Well, the cat's out of the bag now ...



 11:53 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow, this is interesting...

On September 16th 2006 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved the .CAT domain. The .cat TLD (Top Level Domain) is established to serve the needs of the Catalan Linguistic and Cultural Community on the Internet.

Maybe this is the explanation... This hasn't happened yet, we are the ghosts of the past.


 11:09 pm on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Leave it to bobo to sniff out the radar, eh? ;)


 1:59 am on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

The date may be wrong on the .cat registrars website because unless I am missing something, the .cat domain appears to be real.

Oh, and excuse my ignorance, but what is the "Catalan Linguistic and Cultural Community"?


 2:05 am on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Catalan is one of four official languages used within Spain, the other three being Basque, Galician and, of course, Spanish. Spanish is the only official language throughout all of Spain’s regions and territories, but Basque, Catalan and Galician are co–official with Spanish within their relevant regions. Catalan is co–official in three autonomous regions: Catalonia (capital: Barcelona), Valencia (Valencia city) and the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca).

Well now I guess I know. Makes me want to ask ICANN if I can have a .tex TLD, ya'll know what I mean:)


 2:12 am on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>Makes me want to ask ICANN if I can have a .tex TLD, ya'll know what I mean

Ah hear tell y'all cain't even live thar lessen y'all gotchrself a pick-up and a rahfl.


 2:50 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised that they managed to swing the three letter .cat as opposed to the usual two letter ccTLDs when they got ICANN's agreement to offer this as an alternative to .es.

Given this precendent surely Scotland can break free from .uk and offer .scot for registration. Perhaps other cultural minorities with strong identities may push for their own tlds and if they were clever about it they could try to cash in on a "catchy" one like .tv or .to.


 3:08 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

barcelona.cat is live.

Alas, Wikipedia ( [en.wikipedia.org...] ) says "ICANN has expressly prohibited the use of the .cat domain for pages about cats, unless they are written in Catalan or concerning Catalan culture."

I came across .coop the other day too.

[edited by: Webwork at 2:13 pm (utc) on April 5, 2006]
[edit reason] Charter [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]


 3:17 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Seems like a campaign is already underway for .sco [dotsco.org ].

Dibs on di.sco!


 11:00 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)



 1:52 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just don't call it fri.sco!

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