Comment on 'Comparing .eu and .asia' by Michael
One shouldn't perhaps push the comparison too far because
'.eu' is to behave as a de facto ccTLD and '.asia' is a sTLD candidate. Each
runs the risk of becoming a misnomer in public mind, but in different ways.
'.EU' should not be construed as representing the entire continent of Europe, it
represents only the European Union, and ISO 3166 Maintenace Agency has expressed
no objection to its use despite not designating it formally as one of its
two-letter codes. '.ASIA' has no formal constituency in the strict sense that
.eu is maintained by the pseudo-governmental European Union, but it
could potentially thrive and informally represent an even larger
community. The appropriateness of the suffix 'asia' will be determined in
practice by how well the ICANN/UN definition of 'Asia' and the
public perception of the word co-evolve.