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Username: bdaviduck
Date/Time: Mon, April 3, 2000 at 4:40 PM GMT
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Subject: Alternative to gTLD Expansion ...



In my humble opinion, adding more gTLD's is the easy way out.  Why not migrate to a real-name system of domain names and do away with "something.something.something" notation altogether?

Companies or individuals would register their real names instead of ".something.something". Existing domain names would simply roll-into the "real-names" directory.

For Example, all of the following "real names" would map to the same site:

"Apple Computer, Inc." --+
"" ---------+---> IP Address for Apple

Real-names would not be limited to 16, 32, 64, or even 128 characters -- how about a limit of 255 or 512?  Unicode format?

Restrictions may have to be placed so that individual words cannot be registered.  For example, the single word "Apple" could not be assigned to

Obviously, this would be a significant change that would have to be supported by the next generation of web browsing clients.

It just seems that a real names solution is, for the end-user, a better evolutionary step than simply tacking on new gTLD's.



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