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    Alternate Roots RealNames marches on
    posted by jon on Wednesday October 10 2001, @05:15PM

    RealNames announced today that it had signed a deal with Verisign under which any ICANN-accredited registrar will be able to sell RealNames keywords. This seems like a big step forward for the alternate naming system that, so far, has never quite been able to get off the ground. Will RealNames be able to achieve major market penetration once there are over ninety registrars selling to their customers the option of buying RealNames keywords rather than conventional domain names?

    Of course, RealNames keywords have a lot of disadvantages when compared with conventional domain names. They're only good for pointing to web pages, and even then only if the user is running Internet Explorer. If you're using Netscape, say, and you enter a RealNames keyword, you'll get taken to some other page entirely. Let's see . . . ICANN-accredited registrars will be selling a system, for consumers to use in reaching web pages, that only works for a subset of users and that "can result in different answers being given to the same . . . query issued from different computers on the Internet," so that "the same [keyword] can identify different computers depending on where the name is used." Sounds like a threat to the stability of the Internet, all right. Any suggestions why it wasn't included for condemnation in ICP-3?

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    Re: RealNames marches on
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Wednesday October 10 2001, @05:35PM (#2790)
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    I'd just provided this link to CNET coverage of this story under the previous submission, so am including it here where it belongs. The coverage seems to imply that this will allow for KeyWords to be used in more than the Internet Explorer browser. Seems to me that if VeriSign can make multilingual domains resolve, they could make KeyWords resolve in similar fashion. Each keyword could be assigned a kw--v65det5x43e.com string for example (it's not like VeriSign is short of such strings). Sort of an end run around ICANN perhaps. -g
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    Re: RealNames marches on
    by Grumpy on Thursday October 11 2001, @03:49AM (#2801)
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    What's more puzzling is that MS is not supporting RealNames keywords the way RealNames says they're supposed to work.

    I just typed "ICANN" into my MSIE v.5.0 address bar and hit return. The results displayed in my browser are from the new MS "auto-search from the address bar" and merely shows the registered keyword as the first of many potentially relevant links.

    Better yet, try "ebay" -- featured on the RealNames site as a RealNames subscriber. Again, my IE results are not quite what the lowest common denominator Internet user expects.

    As always, with varying browser and firewall/proxy implementations, your mileage may vary... but this thoroughly unscientific sample suggests that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to RealNames implementations.

    - Grumpy
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    Re: RealNames marches on
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday October 12 2001, @10:49AM (#2840)
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    A Gartner analyst doesn't think the deal will do much for RealNames. -g
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