language question re: IDNs

"Martin J. Dürst" duerst at
Wed Oct 7 11:56:57 CEST 2009

On 2009/10/07 18:21, Michael Everson wrote:
> I received the following interesting query from the "European Registry
> of Internet Domain Names".
> I had not heard the term "homoglyph bundling" before. Where does it
> come from?

Maybe you should read their mail. They say they created it.

The term "bundling" has been used before, quite for a while, probably 
first in the context of CJK variants, in particular Chinese simplified 
and traditional Hanzi (which are of course not homoglyphs).

The term "homoglyph" may have been used before, and should be pretty 
self-explaining for a linguist. An example would be that 
Latin/Greek/Cyrillic upper-case As are homoglyphs (unless of course in 
specially designed fonts).

Regards,   Martin.

> On 7 Oct 2009, at 09:58, Deborah Branscum wrote:
>> Dear Mr. Everson,
>> I know you are a busy man but you are also a language fan (and that
>> is putting it mildly). So perhaps you can help me solve a mystery.
>> I work for EURid, which manages the registry for .eu. We are
>> introducing support for IDNs in December and have put up a FAQ on
>> various issues related to IDNs.
>> In the FAQ, EURid coined a new phrase: homoglyph bundling. (See
>> example below.) No one outside of EURid is likely to know what that
>> means. The phrase must be translated into all official EU languages
>> and none of the translators have any idea how to translate that
>> phrase either. Yikes!
>> What phrase or word would you use?
>> Personally, I would refer to “bundling together look-alike domain
>> names”  or something similar. What do you think? Any suggestion will
>> be most welcome.
>> Do you like chocolate? Our main office is near Brussels. J
>> Cheers,
>> Deborah Branscum
>> What is homoglyph bundling? Will EURid offer it?
>> Homoglyph bundling is when you register an IDN and the registration
>> system automatically registers all the homoglyphs of that name for
>> you as well (if there are any). This means that a bundle of names is
>> registered at one time.
>> After careful consideration EURid has decided not to offer homoglyph
>> bundling.
>> Some registries offer homoglyph bundling to minimise the risk that
>> someone could register a domain name that looks just like yours.
>> EURid will not offer it because we do not allow script mixing, which
>> also greatly reduces that risk.
>> Deborah Branscum
>> In-house Editor/PR officer
>>      EURid
>>      S:t Eriksgatan 46 A
>>      SE-112 34 Stockholm, Sweden
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