24 Mar '15, 7pm

Roger Kay Would Like To See ICANN Slow Things Down When it comes to new gtlds

One of the biggest problems is compatibility. That is, a lot of the new domain names don’t work with existing devices and software. Browsers don’t handle the new suffixes consistently or as expected, mail systems sometimes reject them as invalid, and some enterprise software generates unpredictable errors, which may requiring significant revisions to fix. At an ICANN meeting in Singapore in February, a working group charged with sorting out the problem of “universal acceptance” admitted that the prospect of mass incompatibility is scary. Brent London, Google GOOGL +2.26% ’s representative in the working group, put it pretty straightforwardly: “New types of domains and email addresses break stuff. Just to send an email from one person to another, you’d find yourself in a situation where an operating system, mail servers, routers, mail service providers, security software, a...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/24/roger-kay-would-like...

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