numeric (ascii) labels (was: Re: draft-liman-tld-names-00.txt and bidi)

JFC Morfin jefsey at
Mon Mar 9 21:11:16 CET 2009

At 19:29 09/03/2009, Vint Cerf wrote:
>On blackberry, so very briefly, DNS specs are not the sole guide to 
>conventions. I think much pain would be avoided if we banned all 
>numeric TLDs since this would assure no possible confusion of a host 
>name and a IP address. Banning initial and trailing numerics might 
>have bidi benefits but perhaps concerns there could be confined 
>within the bidi rule set.

I have no objection to that. The publicty would be great for the 
ML-DNS and would create a clear and well advertised split with the ICANN world.

We have have reserved the "00" TLD in the open roots (TLDA) as a 
"superTLD" for the Intersem ML-DNS vritual international root.
This is a very common throughout the non-ASCII world to use numeric 
labels everyone can type on their keyboard ... or Barakberry.

All numeric TLD as per ISO 639-3, -6, or -7 language codes will then 
permit to support languages. Let suppose that 1234 is the numeric for 
English means a call to Google using the NTIA root 
through the English international relational space. Eventually, 
typing 1234.00 on any keyboard should display an English browser interface.


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