From: Alexander Savenkov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 18 2005 - 09:14:56 CST
on 2005-02-18T13:35:46+03:00 Peter Kirk <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 18/02/2005 06:00, Francois Yergeau wrote:
>> Alexander Savenkov a ecrit :
>>> Suppose I *want* to visit XML-документы.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, the example is very probable. There are a lot of terms and
abbreviations that are never translated including but not limited to
> Indeed this kind of usage has a
> long history, see
> http://ptolemy.tlg.uci.edu/~opoudjis/unicode/unicode_mixing.html section
> 2. So there is a real need to allow some kinds of mixed script IDNs for
> such circumstances.
> 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.
The sole reason I put a hyphen there was to obey the rules of Russian
spelling. I cannot come up with a no-hyphen example right now but I'm
sure there are multiple languages that actually have it.
All I can say a hyphen or any other visual delimiter that breaks the
natural spelling of the language is inacceptable for the reasons I
-- Alexander Savenkov http://www.xmlhack.ru/ firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.xmlhack.ru/authors/croll/
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