But to my way of thinking this might be a step forward if it ever comes to pass...
I am helping a Scout District in Wales to have a bi-lingual (is that how you say it?) site using Joomla 1.5 and JoomFish. If there was a .cym TLD available then in theory it might be able to point to a page with the Welsh language as default and English as the option.According to Philip Virgo of ComputerWeekly, Wales is preparing to apply for their own sponsored top-level domain - .cym - in order to reverse the economic outflow from Wales in e-commerce.
The Welsh Assembly Goverment has expressed an issue with the majority of Welsh shoppers buying from non-Welsh sites and fewer non-Welsh buyers purchasing from Welsh businesses.
“In confirming the intent to apply for a TLD for Wales, Ieuan Wyn Jones fulfilled a desire that has been strongly expressed by Parliamentarians in both Cardiff and Westminster,” Virgo said on his blog. “An early day motion in the House of Commons was signed by 24 MPs of all parties. In the Welsh Assembly, the House Committee passed a vote of support by a large margin.”
The Welsh TLD would be used by organizations, companies, and individuals around the globe that express themselves in the Welsh language and/or look to encourage Welsh culture.
A Welsh TLD would be managed on a new register of clearly identified internet users, to tight protocols, so that criminal activity could be detected rapidly and dealt with appropriately. Parents in Wales, for example, would know that their children were far less likely to come to any harm if their internet access was constrained to dotCYM domains, as would be possible."
My understanding would be that devotees of the Welsh language would be looking for sites with the .cym TLD and thus such a site would gain more support and recognition. Maybe a Scout District is too small a market for the added expense of a second domain but that is all in the future.
What do you of Welsh residency and/or background think of the .cym proposal?