[discuss] IDNA and Arabic (and other RTL scripts) (was: IANA missing information)

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Tue Mar 18 19:11:42 UTC 2014

On March 18, 2014 at 09:53 ajs at anvilwalrusden.com (Andrew Sullivan) wrote:
 > ...(In left-to-right writing, we
 > might well have instead written names com.example.www.)

The UK (JANET) did this at first and some argued that it didn't
matter, it was a user interface issue because uk.ac.ucl was easily
recognized -- at the time a TLD of "ucl" was unthinkable -- and
converted to ucl.ac.uk or whichever the DNS preferred. It could even
be a user preference setting.

Then someone (John Gilmore?) put something like uk.co.xyz.com out
there and the issue got resolved.

It seems obvious today but at the time it passed for a reasonable

        -Barry Shein

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