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    Re:The .WORLD Has Evolved ICANN Has Not - C.YA
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 19 2005, @07:29AM (#15296)
    The .WORLD Has Evolved ICANN Has Not - C.YA

    The .WORLD Has Evolved, ICANN Has Not - C.YA

    Commas in domain names ?


    Under_Scores in domain names ?

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    Re:The .WORLD Has Evolved ICANN Has Not - C.YA by Anonymous
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    Re:The .WORLD Has Evolved ICANN Has Not - C.YA
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 19 2005, @07:40AM (#15298)
    "when we deploy that mapping"
    "when we deploy that mapping"

    http://www.merit.edu/mail.archives/nan og/msg08015.html

    >    There is a solution for this problem.  Use 32-bit character sets
    > which are defined to include the entire collection of known character
    > sets in all other languages on the planet.

    This doesn't solve the problem of case-sensitivity and
    its relatives. You probably don't want NANOG.org, nanog.org
    and NaNoG.org to be three different domain names. There
    are related issues with other scripts, for instance in
    Arabic most letters can have different forms
    depending on whether they are written isolated, at
    the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word.

    Then there are the ambiguities that go across scripts.
    For instance, the numeric digits are repeated in both
    the arabic form and the common western form. In Russian
    the letters HAC are spelled en-ah-ess but they look
    like the English letters aitch-ey-see even though they
    are encoded differently. Also, Cyrillic Unicode includes
    historical letters that are not currently used which
    means that many words have more than one spelling.

    Unicode is not a workable solution for hostnames or
    domain names or any sort of identifier where you want
    to unambiguously distinguish the identifiers. For that
    we need some kind of mapping that maps all unicode characters
    into one single unambigous subset of unicode that can
    be used for hostnames, etc.

    The good thing is that when we deploy that mapping, you
    will be able to use underscores in hostnames. But don't be
    surprised if it gets automatically mapped to a dash in
    order to avoid ambiguity.

    "when we deploy that mapping"
    "when we deploy that mapping"
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