[dns-operations] getting .CW recognised in the Google ccTLD tables/databases ...

Doug Barton dougb at dougbarton.us
Mon Jan 21 08:00:45 UTC 2013

On 01/20/2013 05:06 PM, David Conrad wrote:
> A nit:
> On Jan 20, 2013, at 4:35 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at dougbarton.us> wrote:
>> ISO-3166-1 table which shows valid ccTLDs in green:
>> http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards/country_codes/iso-3166-1_decoding_table.htm
> Yellow ("exceptionally reserved") code elements used for ccTLDs are also considered 'valid'.

Well, some are, some aren't; but you're right, I should have been more 
clear. My intention was more along the lines of, "Here is the official 
list from IANA, and if you feel like arguing with them, here's the ISO 
list to shut you up." :) While we're at it, at least 1 of the greys are 
valid also.

But in all seriousness, we really want people to get into the habit of 
checking the list at https://data.iana.org/TLD/tlds-alpha-by-domain.txt 
and treating that as authoritative. ICANN has done a good job of keeping 
that list up to date in near-real-time when a new TLD is published in 
the root, and the intention of that list has always been to have an 
easy, stable place to make a quick check for "is this a valid TLD, or not?"

>> This is an uphill battle which is only going to get steeper when the next round of new TLDs is released.
> It might eventually improve as folks who make broken assumptions keep getting whined at.

Unfortunately the lessons learned in the last round have already been 
forgotten, as the people who were doing the coding back then have moved 
on. Also, the last round was small enough that it gave people an excuse 
to use a slightly larger hard-coded list. I know you're at least partly 
joking, but I think that if the new TLDs are coming fast and furious it 
will not only increase the whining, but perhaps spur some folks to write 
better code.

It's also worth pointing out that in the last round there was a 
concerted effort (led mostly by Afilias, but with other folks 
participating as well) by the new TLD registries to develop code 
samples, provide an active outreach effort, etc. This round of new TLD 
registries would be well served to do something similar.

> And world peace might break out too.

~~~I'd like to teach the world to sing~~~in perfect harrrrrrmoooneeeee~~~~


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