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Re: [ga] Re: potential IDN confusion issue with Greek language domains

  • To: sotiris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, General Assembly of the DNSO <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Re: potential IDN confusion issue with Greek language domains
  • From: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 05:45:40 -0800 (PST)
  • Comment: DomainKeys? See http://antispam.yahoo.com/domainkeys
  • Domainkey-signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws; s=s1024; d=yahoo.com; b=HzCGZolBuBK11KtnvI62l6C5h3cH3e/MOfll+Mq0mK+rYeC0c0NdnCDSVdYBSqGbglKtAFgbv+QHmsiq877Zz4wLdiHxCor2NY7hTiN6drWAMddi+NHTskqDBUwgz0Flp1Er6/XZmV8PKRFOAO44IaTM5DdYllXDT2YUMjErDzY= ;
  • In-reply-to: <41EB9584.6050209@hermesnetwork.com>
  • Sender: owner-ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

It is pretty well settled in linguistics that letter count for an alphabet is determined by distinctively recognized sounds. So that "fonts" or "accents" or even exclamation points or question marks change meaning and sound patterns and create distinctive words.
So it seems you are left with at least two more important questions;
For IP - is it distinctive enough so as not to be confused?
For IT - can you code it so it is universally acknowledged?
It is correct to notice that the same punctuation marks may mean something different in different languages and word placement changes meanings completely.
Asking the Mung peoples and the Navajos how they came to write languages in the last century may be of some help. Computerizing language is a great challenge.

Sotiris Sotiropoulos <sotiris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:

> [I do not speak greek at all but french has accents, too.]


> It depends on the registry policy. Some registries allow this, others
> don't. It is not IETF business, neither ICANN one. You should talk to
> the people who manages ".gr".

They have not introduced Greek character registrations as yet. The 
Verisign registry is really the 'only game in town' for the Greek 
language at this time.

>>I believe this can lead to a very real and serious confusion issue.
> It depends on the importance of the accents for a given language. So,
> it cannot be determined internationally.

Yes, you do have a point. How important are the accents in French? Is 
there a similar issue in French? If so, what policies (if any) have been 


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