A 'domain name' is a name in the Domain Name System (DNS), which is the Internet naming system by which networks, computers, webservers, mail servers and other applications are identified.A domain name must be unique. Domain names must also satisfy a number of technical requirements. We make a distinction here between non-IDN domain names and IDN domain names.
DNS Belgium will not accept the following domain names for registration:
The following categories of .brussels and .vlaanderen domain names have limitations:
You will find more information in the general terms and conditions for .be or the general terms and conditions for .vlaanderen and .brussels.
The ability to operate with IDN domain names has existed since IDNA 2003, which is a standard developed to enable various applications to work with accents. All recent browsers support the IDNA 2003 standard. Unseen by you, your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) will use special coding to convert an IDN domain name into an ASCII form (a form that only uses ordinary letters, number and a hyphen) so that you can navigate to that address. For example, your browser will convert www.dñs.be to www.xn--ds-zja.be. Except in most cases you won’t notice anything.
DNS Belgium implements IDNA 2008, which is a development of the IDNA 2003 standard. For the character set that DNS Belgium offers, there is no difference between the two versions, except for the German ß. In IDNA 2003, this character is converted into ‘ss’, which means that browsers that don’t yet support IDNA 2008, will not convert domain names with an ß to an ASCII form, but the ß will simply be replaced by ‘ss’. For example, when you go to www.dnßbelgium.be, most browsers will direct you to www.dnssbelgium.be, meaning that you will arrive at a different website. At the current time, only the Opera browser supports IDNA 2008.
If another party has registered the ‘ss’ variant of a domain name with an ß, depending on the browser they are using, users may be taken either to your website or to another website. For this reason, it is recommended that you also register domain names with an ß with a version featuring ‘ss’.