Update to clarify combining characters

Eric Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Mon Apr 21 23:01:44 CEST 2014

On 4/21/14 9:51 AM, Patrik Fältström wrote:
>> >  I'm not aware of any registries that allow labels that begin with those characters.
> You can not know what I uses in my own zones...;-)

Setting the dials of the way-back machine waay-baack, when I pointed out 
to Harald that in Abenaki we use several ASCII character sequences 
inter-changeably ("ou", "w" and "8") as well as an "u atop o" character 
defined in one or more extensions to ASCII, which typewritters with 
half-height settings, and the character "8" have accommodated over the 
past century, in support of a local (to a zone) semantic, e.g., 
equivalency of two labels, e.g., "ou.example" and "8.example" (or 
"wabanaki.example" and "8abanaki.example" and "ouabanaki.example"), 
Harald's cited a "principle of least astonishment" as why this could not 
occur -- that he could in fact know what you use in your own zones.

Obviously, what ICANN gTLD registry operators do is governed by contacts 
between they and ICANN, and what ccTLD registry operators is also 
governed, in part, by desires for consistency, but below (or outside) of 
these namespaces with _local_ (not pervasive to all levels of the tree) 
restrictions  on labels, what resolves is a local question -- local in 
the sense of both the FQDN, the RRSet associated, and the resolvers to 
which query(s) are made.


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