From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 18 2005 - 04:35:46 CST
On 18/02/2005 06:00, Fran├žois Yergeau wrote:
> Alexander Savenkov a ├ęcrit :
>> Suppose I *want* to visit XML-đ┤đżđ║Đâđ╝đÁđŻĐéĐő.com (which is not unlikely).
>> My browser should *not* alert me. Never.
>> The only solution to this seems to be for the registrar to check each
>> new domain name by hand (not necessarily with mixed scripts).
> I'm afraid that checking every registration by hand would be both too
> error-prone and too work-intensive. You'll probably have to put up
> with your browser alerting you. But perhaps good browsers will let
> you build up a white list, so that you need to suffer the alert only
The problem with this is that Alexander's example is neither unique nor
improbable, indeed I would expect thousands of such IDNs to be
registered, if they are allowed. In Cyrillic script and I think in many
other non-Latin scripts it is common practice to insert Latin script
technical terms, acronyms etc, especially for items relating to
computers and other modern technology. Indeed this kind of usage has a
long history, see
2. So there is a real need to allow some kinds of mixed script IDNs for
Perhaps one way for this kind of mixed script name to be distinguished
from spoofing is to require a hyphen at the boundary between scripts,
as in Alexander's example.
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