Another Transition Plan Proposal
gerv at mozilla.org
Fri Dec 11 00:34:27 CET 2009
On 10/12/09 15:05, Cary Karp wrote:
> I do not believe that many TLD registry operators will agree that the
> registration of one element in a pair of labels such as "fuss" and
> "fuß", or "möller" and "møller", should, or even can, be made
> conditional on the registration of the other (bundling).
Although I respect your greater knowledge both of the space and of the
people, I find that highly surprising, particularly "or even can". What
is preventing such bundling? Nothing technical, surely. Only registry
policy, and perhaps a determination to charge a flat price per single
zone file entry. Of course, you can't make the registration of "fuss"
conditional on the registration of "fuß" if you charge €19.99 for each.
But if you charge €19.99 for both, suddenly it becomes entirely
reasonable to make it conditional, or even to enforce it, and even
without necessarily bothering to tell the registrant what you've done.
> The only way to know if the holder of a name containing ss would have
> preferred it to be an ß is by asking. Any registry that wishes to avoid
> the potential snags that we're talking about will therefore need to poll
> the holders of all ss names no matter what.
I don't agree. Why can't you just give them all an additional
registration, for free, of the ß form, for every domain containing the
string "ss", even those for which a human would say it is inappropriate?
> When doing so they can
> easily offer the holder of, say, fuss.tld privileged opportunity to
> register fuß.tld before the ß is added to the generally available
> repertoire (sunrise).
Would registries really prefer to administer such a scheme rather than
just run a script over their zone file?
> Beyond that introductory action, the issues attaching to the maintenance
> of a single zone that contains names which differ only by the element of
> the ß/ss pair they include, become no different than those associated
> with ä/a/æ, ö/o/œ, ü/u/ue, é/e/è or any other of the many situations
> where such clustering might be considered.
I entirely agree with that. Which makes me surprised that you think
there's some question about whether such bundling can be done.
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