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Username: porttikivi
Date/Time: Thu, May 31, 2001 at 2:00 PM GMT
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Subject: A letter hierarchy based scheme for arbitrary TLDs


                How about this. It is radical, but not difficult technically:

Let's SET UP NEW TOP LEVEL DOMAINS FOR ALL SINGLE LETTERS a., b.,...z. So the top domains will be the classical ones + these new one letter TLDs.

Now I want to have a name "" for my machine. I rewrite it (first in my head) to be "anssi.a.b.c."

I go to the "c." TLD server administration. I ask them, if anyone has registered a "b.c." first level name with them. If such domain exists, I go to its administrator, and ask, if they have a domain "a.b.c." already. And so on, up to the letter, that is not yet served by anyone. If the domain "a.b.c." already does exist, I can't register a new one. First come first served.

In this case, let's say the domain "b.c." did exist, but the domain "a.b.c." did not. Now I register my "a.b.c." with the domain "b.c." administration. There should be a rule, that single letter domains allow registration for any unregistered single letter subdomains!

So now I can set up names like "anssi.a.b.c." in my own name server, serving the domain "a.b.c.", registered at "b.c.".

NOW I MODIFY MY RESOLVER and ask everybody to do the same, if they please! The new versions of resolvers are standardized to TRANSLATE ALL UNRECOGNISED many-letter TLDs into a sequence of one letter domains. So "" will be resolved as "anssi.a.b.c." domain.

Additionally, domains "c.o.m.", "o.r.g." etc. and corresponding country domains like "f.i." and "u.k." can be set up as peered, synonymous domains for "com.", "org.", "fi., "uk." and such. So that the new resolvers would not even have to know any list of special "recognizable" classic TLD domains.

Now anybody is free to set up whatever TLDs they want to!!!

Old resolvers will work with the old TLDs.

Old resolvers will kind of work with the new names, but only if you translate manually, using "anssi.a.b.c" instead of "".

New resolvers will work with all names, old and new, whether written as "anssi.a.b.c." or ""
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