Re: IDN problem.... :(

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2005 - 18:55:16 CST

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    From: "Patrick Andries" <>

    > In my mind, mixed scripts are suspicious (Basic Latin needed for the
    > ".com" and such is IMO script-neutral), but unmixed scripts (even foreign)
    > are perfectly okay if the user has mentioned that he can read a language
    > using that script. What could be needed then is some logic to identify the
    > scripts used in the domain name and link them to languages.

    I agree:

    1. For non-ASCII IDN names, there could be a browser preference (on by
    default) to warn about "non-native URLs". The non-native URLs would be those
    that use characters from scripts that are not used by the languages that the
    user specified as acceptable in his browser. So an U.S. user would be warned
    about Cyrillic and Chinese URLs, and a Russian user would be only warned
    about the Chinese URLs.

    2. Browsers should always warn about mixed-script URLs. Even if such domains
    may be valid from the IDN point of view, if the major browsers warn about
    them, people would be discouraged from registering such names for legitimate
    purposes (which is a negligible problem) and spoofing would be made more


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