Greek Casefolding sigma

Sotiris Panaretou panaretou.sotiris at
Fri Mar 28 12:44:59 CET 2008

Dear all,

I would like to express our position here in Cyprus (.cy), about the final
sigma case. We are in a process of opening the registration of IDNs using
only Greek characters and we are informed about the changes of the
corresponding protocol. 

We are surprised and disappointed about the situation and the scenario that
we will not be able to register domains using properly and completely the
Greek language. 

To give you an example, I will not be able to register my name which is
σωτήρης and I will be forced to register σωτήρησ or
σωτήρη which is incorrect.

Please consider the point of view of the two ccTLD Registries .gr and .cy,
which represent two European countries and would like to use in a proper way
an official European Language.

Best Regards,

Sotiris Panaretou
Administator of .cy ccTLD
University of Cyprus

-----Original Message-----
From: Vaggelis Segredakis [mailto:segred at] 
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 1:23 PM
To: 'John C Klensin'; 'Patrik Faltstrom'; 'Harald Alvestrand'
Cc: 'Sotiris Panaretou'; idna-update at; segred at
Subject: Greek Casefolding sigma

Dear John, Patrik and Harald,

I would like to ask you to remove the UTF character 03c2 (Greek small letter
final sigma) from the list of disallowed characters of the Draft "The
unicode Codepoints and IDNA draft-faltstrom-idnabis-tables-05.txt, Feb 18,
2008" and place it in the PVALID list of characters.

In previous emails I have expressed the view that by disallowing this
character you are prohibiting from registration or misrepresenting a lot of
Greek words that use this character. 

By choosing to disallow the small final sigma you are not allowing people
who use the Greek language to use the IDNs as they were originally expected
to be used - a way of representing all languages & character sets in the DNS
space. Instead you chose to propose a protocol that disallows the full use
of a European language.

Please excuse me if this is not the proper way to ask for an Internet Draft
to be changed.

Kind Regards,

Vaggelis Segredakis
Administrator of the .GR Top Level Domain
Institute of Computer Science
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
Tel. +30-281-0391450
Fax +30-281-0391451
Email segred at

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