[dns-operations] Emoji "Female" symbol fails to resolve at Google's &

Andrew Sullivan ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
Thu Jul 13 14:11:03 UTC 2017

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 02:58:25PM +0100, James Stevens wrote:
> I was referring to this recent interview on the subject
> https://www.icann.org/news/multimedia/2857
> "Andrew McConachie, ICANN Technical and Policy Specialist, interviews Patrik
> Fälström, SSAC Chair, about the reasons why emojis cannot be used in the
> domain names"

It's unfortunate that ICANN continues to portray itself in public as
somehow having something to do with making a decision about this,
despite its chartered limited role.  As Patrik suggests in that video,
the decision was Unicode's.  ICANN is not making a decision about
this, it is just implementing the standard.  (It's also kinda strange
that Patrik says that SSAC "discovered" that IDNA doesn't permit
these, since he's actually the author of the document that says that.
I'm sure it was a matter of presentation, but it sounds a little
strange if you know the history.)

Best regards,


Andrew Sullivan
ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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