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    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday September 01 2001, @08:01AM (#2110)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Actually, the regular DNS does have the ability to handle mistypings, via "wildcard" DNS records. The new .museum domain plans to use this, as explained in this section of its ICANN agreement:

    A DNS wildcard A record will be placed at the end of the .museum zone file as,

    *.museum. IN A nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn

    where nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn is the IP address of a host with the reserved name:


    This name is reserved for a host operated by the Sponsor that will parse a domain name that is directed to it and use the second-level label as a query string to return to the user (a) an ordered listing of all entities sharing that second-level domain label or, if the second-level label is not registered in the .museum TLD, by (b) a response indicating that the SLD label is not in use. If the Registry Operator divides the .museum TLD into multiple zones, an identical wildcard will be placed at the end of each such zone file.

    As for XTNS names like camry.toyota being better than subdomains like camry.toyota.com, actually, the unsophisticated user that you seem to be aiming for wouldn't be likely to recognize the former as an Internet address, since it lacks a TLD like .com at the end. Thus, the latter form might actually be more recognizable to them, since it has the "right" ending.

    As for email, etc... yeah, they've got some proposed clunky scheme to let people do something resembing email, but through the MSIE browser, not the user's actual email program. Now, will you ever be able to ping or traceroute a XTNS address???
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    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ? by dtobias
    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ?
    by Anonymous on Saturday September 01 2001, @08:40AM (#2112)
    And we both know that the DNS feature you refer to does not achieve the result for the average person or corporation that XTNS names does.

    As to the "right ending" -- you are suggesting the average person hasn't got a clue about ".net" or the new ",biz" or ".info"? That they are not already learning that domain names can end with a variety of different strings, and that more are on the way? I beg to differ, as you may gather, and as do most.
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