ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
mpetach at netflight.com
Mon Jun 30 11:05:41 CDT 2008
On 30 Jun 2008 14:47:23 -0000, John Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> In article <63ac96a50806300036u5c1a9bbdq4efb8e4879650434 at mail.gmail.com> you write:
> >Terribly stupid question, but one aproppos to this thread.
> >If my company pays for and registers a new TLD, let's
> >call it "smtp" for grins, and I create an A record for "smtp."
> >in my top level zone file, how will users outside my company
> >resolve and reach that address?
> In the usual way. Try typing this into your browser's address bar:
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.
In order to reach that page, in Firefox 126.96.36.199, I had to actually
enter "http://museum./ and add the trailing dot to force the
browser to *not* treat it as a stub token.
IE was a little more normal, and simply returned a 'host unknown"
error. Annoyingly enough, however, IE returned the "host unknown"
for *both* "http://museum/" and "http://museum./" so it failed to follow
proper resolution practice and ignored the trailing dot.
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. ^_^;
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