Browser IDN display policy: opinions sought

"Martin J. Dürst" duerst at
Wed Dec 14 12:12:09 CET 2011

On 2011/12/13 2:54, John C Klensin wrote:

> We, and certainly most others on this list, are painfully aware,
> not only about the fundamental technical principle that it is
> hard to display a script for which one has no fonts (however we
> might feel about U-labels versus A-labels, either is clearly
> better than "????" or its equivalent) and about how much
> confusion can be added simply by the choice of type styles and
> sizes one uses (e.g., I believe that the Firefox change in
> recent versions to drop the typesize of the display of full URIs
> when my mouse pointer moves over a link and to make the location
> of that display less predictable to be security-lowering -- but
> maybe that is just me).

A-labels may be better than "????" if the user wants to transcribe the 
address for later use. But in terms of phishing and spoofing, ???? may 
actually be better, if only a very tiny bit.

Regards,   Martin.

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