[RndTbl] CIRA IDN - got it right

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Thu Feb 2 11:50:41 CST 2012

I agree that their proposed reservation system seems workable.  However, I’m trying to come up with an example where diacritics alter the meaning of a word.  There are relatively few examples of homonyms that differ by diacritics, and the majority appear to be conjunctions or adjectives that would not typically be found in a domain name.


For example,

Sur = above/on top of

Sûr = sure/certain


(«www.sur.ca» does exist, BTW)


The only noun I’ve found so far is matin/mâtin, where there does exist a «matin.qc.ca» – and presumably a specialty dog breeder might want «mâtin.qc.ca».

I know we have several francophones & francophiles reading this list, surely someone must be able to come up with a better example?


What I find interesting is that every single homonym I’ve checked has lead to a domain-squatting page.  What does *that* tell you about the current system?!


-Adam Thompson

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From: roundtable-bounces at muug.mb.ca [mailto:roundtable-bounces at muug.mb.ca] On Behalf Of Sean Walberg
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:44 PM
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Subject: Re: [RndTbl] CIRA IDN - got it right


On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:34 AM, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca> wrote:

Speak of the devil, looks like they got it right...


I think bundling is a practical solution. There are some comments on that site, and for the most part completely miss the point which is disappointing but unsurprising.


There are some interesting comments though, such as "what if foobar and fööbár have completely different meanings?", and I'd think some sort of resolution process could be invented to handle those infrequent requests.




Sean Walberg <sean at ertw.com>    http://ertw.com/

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