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Old 27th November 2006, 03:46 AM
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Wink £.com SNEAKS through!?!

Richard Haigh is a web designer from the exotic climes of Nottingham and the proud owner of “£.com”. He has decided he wants to use the site to cover the debate over Britain’s possible future adoption of the euro. “When it does kick off, I want to provide somewhere where people can voice their concerns,” he explains. Despite having “no personal belief either way”, he thinks that he’s on to something unique with his pound-symbol domain name.

But Haigh doesn’t actually own “£.com”. He owns “xn--9a.com” - the identifier used to represent the pound symbol. In fact, £.com doesn’t (strictly speaking) exist. Why? Ask John Klensin, who is, along with Fältström, the person most responsible for unusual additions to the internet’s domain name system. He is blunt about Haigh’s web address: “The £.com domain shouldn’t exist - it has been prohibited all along,” he explains. When told it clearly does exist, he is unremitting: “If [the web address] resolves, it is probably another bug. Somehow it has been sneaked through.”

http://www.domainnews.com/general/12...orld-wide-web/

Note: It has not been sneaked through but simply registered according to the standard, Klensin's biased agenda notwithstanding.
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