ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs

Phil Regnauld regnauld at catpipe.net
Mon Jun 30 11:12:52 CDT 2008


Matthew Petach (mpetach) writes:
> 
> That was amusing.  Firefox very handily took me to a search
> results page listing results for the word "museum", none of
> which was the actual page in question.

	... and Safari took me to www.museum.com.

> Thanks for all the pointers!  I guess I won't be suggesting the
> use of such TLDs as gmail and ymail as a way to shorten up
> email addresses for people, given the inconsistent behaviour
> of client resolvers.  ^_^;

	This is not only about client resolvers, it's equally about
	the individual applications and their choice of how to handle
	a single-label domain name, or just domain names (FQDN or not)
	in particular.  Most often you'll see that the regular expressions
	used to parse what is considered to be a valid domain -- or even
	the policy that decides whether a given name has a special meaning
	or not -- will vary wildly.  Most of them are wrong, or don't
	do the expected thing.




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