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Martin Duerst duerst at
Fri Mar 14 12:40:12 CET 2008

At 21:27 08/03/12, Gervase Markham wrote:
>Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
>> All the studies on phishing have shown that almost no user takes into
>> account the domain name in its credibility assessment algorithm,
>> relying instead on the look of the page. So, trying to address the
>> phishing problem through homographs is a bad start.
>a) We're not "starting" here
>b) No-one is proposing these changes as a complete solution
>c) User behaviour can change over time
>"We can't completely solve the problem this way, so let's do nothing" is a poor argument.

Gerv - I agree with what you say here. But I think Stephane also has a point.
We should not "do nothing". There are a lot of sensible things we can do.
But on the other hand, some mails on this list have been written as if
the world would collapse if we didn't take care of each and every potential
homograph issue, and have tried to justify some proposals or decisions on
this basis, without taking other issues into account.
This is also poor argumentation.

>Having unambiguous location information _available_ is a prerequisite to doing something useful with it in a browser UI.

It may be a prerequisite for doing certain things, but not for doing
certain other things.

Regards,   Martin.

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