Re: IDN problem.... :(

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2005 - 18:08:13 CST

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    Neil Harris <neil at tonal dot clara dot co dot uk> wrote:

    >> My question is, suppose I *want* to visit русский.com? Perhaps my
    >> browser should alert me, but it must not prevent me from visiting the
    >> site.
    > But why would anyone, want to register that half-Latin, half-Cyrillic
    > mess of a broken label, when the all-Cyrillic label would make more
    > sense to register, unless they had a dubious motive for doing so? And,
    > if the registrars actually played by the _existing_ IANA rules, none
    > of them would let it be registered in any case.

    I don't want to visit the spoofed one. I want to visit the "real"
    русский.com, the one where everything before the dot is Cyrillic. I
    want to be able to go there even if my current locale is not Russian.

    The owners of pyccкий.com (mixed Latin and Cyrillic) do indeed have
    dubious motives for registering that name: they want to trick me.
    Whether the registrars allow people to do this is another matter

    General question: When people say that IDN is broken, defective,
    harmful, etc., are they talking about:

    (a) the mechanism itself, which involves nameprep and Punycode and such;

    (b) the way it is being practiced, where registrars are allowing
    registrations that they shouldn't; or

    (c) the idea itself of being able to register a non-ASCII domain name?

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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