[dns-operations] dotless domains

Scott Morizot tmorizot at sd.is.irs.gov
Fri Sep 21 20:45:46 UTC 2012

On 21 Sep 2012 at 10:28, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:12:42AM +0200,
>  Phil Regnauld <regnauld at nsrc.org> wrote 
>  a message of 23 lines which said:
> > 	Surprised no one's brought up http://dk/ as an already existing scenario
> > 	that doesn't work (try it in various browsers).
> Worked fine with Chromium and lynx, despite the ICANN FUD.

Even if a particular browser supports it and even if it does not exist in 
a search list, let's not forget all the enterprise networks that restrict 
access to the web to proxy servers and utilize proxy.pac 
autoconfiguration scripts. How many of those will include the following 

    if (isPlainHostName(host)) return "DIRECT";

Just another illustration in the long list of reasons it's a really bad 
idea. It will be a long, long time before a "dotless domain" would return 
any sort of vaguely consistent behavior.


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