Last year, Montenegro became independent from Serbia and now Kosovo is making a strong push in that direction. But Serbia does not want to let go of Kosovo and has Russia on its side. Meanwhile, Kosovo is appealing to the US for a little help.
What does all this mean for Web globalization executives?
For starters, if Kosovo should become independent, which I think it will, it means we should expect a new country code top level domain (ccTLD). I’m guessing that Kosovo will get the .ks domain.
And this means that companies will have yet another country code to register and ultimately a new country in need of a localized Web site.
As I wrote in March, when Montenegro took the .me domain, it posed some rather unique challenges. As Marissa from HP noted, her company had been using the .me domain for a Middle East Web site. Will Kosovo cause similar domain issues? It all depends on the domain of course, but this is definitely something to keep your eye on.
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