Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Sun Mar 9 14:24:31 CET 2008

On Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 02:59:11PM +0000,
 Gervase Markham <gerv at> wrote 
 a message of 22 lines which said:

> Ideally, Firefox would never display punycode in normal browsing,
> because all registries would have homograph policies and would have
> registered for the whitelist. I admit it does continue to surprise
> me that various large GTLDs have not attempted to register.

[Disclaimer: I work for a ccTLD, which did not deploy IDN and so is
not directly concerned.]

I thought that such decisions were the responsability of the TLD. Now,
do you mean that a browser's vendor decision (and a bad one)
constrains TLD policy decisions?

Side note: how many TLD have a consistent policy about homographs? Not
just an anti-Unicode policy but a policy to prevent the registration
of bankofthewest.example and bankofthevvest.example to different

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