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Old 2nd October 2007, 02:46 PM
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Spaces in the URL ?

Anyone know if implementing empty spaces in multiple words URLs was ever considered by IANA/Icann? Something like mynicedomain.com could be "my nice domain.com"; basically, wherever surfers put a space wouldn't matter, it would still resolve to the same domain, provided the space is located before the extension.
Would make browsing a bit more natural and more keyword specific.
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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

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Anyone know if implementing empty spaces in multiple words URLs was ever considered by IANA/Icann? Something like mynicedomain.com could be "my nice domain.com"; basically, wherever surfers put a space wouldn't matter, it would still resolve to the same domain, provided the space is located before the extension.
Would make browsing a bit more natural and more keyword specific.
Nice idea, but this is a browser issue. If you want to get it implemented, write to Microsoft, who are currently snaffling all this traffic themselves.

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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

Wouldn't this be done at the registrar level with nameprep?
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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

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Wouldn't this be done at the registrar level with nameprep?
Nope, normalization is done at the browser level with stringprep.

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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

That normalization has to follow the rules and standards of icann for the particular extension I believe.
In the absence of them, the browser vendor does what it wants I guess, but I was wondering if an official protocol or RFC was ever proposed on the topic of whitespace.
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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

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That normalization has to follow the rules and standards of icann for the particular extension I believe.
In the absence of them, the browser vendor does what it wants I guess, but I was wondering if an official protocol or RFC was ever proposed on the topic of whitespace.
Stringprep is defined in an RFC, and it is not extension specific.

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3454.txt

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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

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That normalization has to follow the rules and standards of icann for the particular extension I believe.
In the absence of them, the browser vendor does what it wants I guess, but I was wondering if an official protocol or RFC was ever proposed on the topic of whitespace.
Don't see why. According to Microsoft they wrote IE6 to resolve Unicode, presumably without checking with ICANN as to whether Unicode would ever be inserted into the root. So according to Microsoft, IE6 does resolve IDN, just does not encode to the punycode which is compatible with what everyone else is working on!
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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

RFCs are guidelines that vendors follow, or don't.
If they don't, then they might have compatibility issues, but that has never stopped MS before.

So basically, url whitespace was never seriously proposed for implementation at icann?
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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

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RFCs are guidelines that vendors follow, or don't.
If they don't, then they might have compatibility issues, but that has never stopped MS before.

So basically, url whitespace was never seriously proposed for implementation at icann?
ICANN has zero to do with URL whitespace. The removal of spaces before sending a DNS query would be entirely vendor specific - browsers could just go ahead and do it whenever they feel like it, right now if they want. And ICANN doesn't implement anything except bureaucracy.

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Re: Spaces in the URL ?

"ICANN doesn't implement anything except bureaucracy."

ha ha nice. You almost made me spit my coffee on the lcd laughing.
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