[discuss] Options for root zone

S Moonesamy sm+1net at elandsys.com
Sun Jan 19 14:11:42 UTC 2014

Hi Louis,
At 19:23 18-01-2014, Louis Pouzin (well) wrote:
>Very possible. There are thousands of fonts, and 
>one can always pick one that creates confusion.


>The arial font I use, a very common one, might 
>be confusing with small printing, where 6r looks 
>a bit like áã, but not with br. Neither 
>brazilians nor bulgarians would confuse áã with 
>br. They can distinguish a bee from a wasp. Like 
>beauty, similariity is in the eyes of the beholder.


>It is normal for users to view ccTLD's from 
>their national context, regardless of the local 
>scripts they use. As ICANN was unable to change 
>its US-ASCII centric fixation the design was botched.

There is a few reports relating to IDNs, e.g. 
The question of visual similarity is 
subjective.  There is also, as mentioned above, 
the national context where users may be familiar 
with a script to make the distinction which, for 
example, I would not be able to make.  This is 
the type of problem which turns into a political issue.

S. Moonesamy 

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