Registry Restrictions

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Wed May 7 14:35:47 CEST 2008

On Tue, May 06, 2008 at 09:52:05AM -0700,
 Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at> wrote 
 a message of 17 lines which said:

> Regarding allowing people to shoot other people in the foot.

A despising way of describing other people's opinions, by the way. "If
they don't agree with me, they are fools."

> Even with a "perfect" system that allows only the minimal character
> repertoire necessary, someone will discover that rnicrosoft looks
> like microsoft (in some fonts) or register a or
> whatever.

Correct and that's why the entire issue of "homographs" is... how to
say in english? A red herring? I mean it is a waste of time, as is any
attempt to spot "harmful" or "dangerous" (or other ICANN colourful
words) characters.

> So in my view our goal should be to create a common representation
> of the strings and leave determining the appropriateness of the
> strings to the registrars / clients / filters (maybe with another
> doc like UTR36 for guidelines).

I fully agree.

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