[UA-discuss] Some universal acceptance problems last 15+ years...

Ram Mohan rmohan at afilias.info
Wed Sep 28 21:53:31 UTC 2016

I mis-stated that .INFO was the world’s first 4-character TLD - .ARPA came
before J t/h David Conrad

*From:* Ram Mohan [mailto:rmohan at afilias.info]
*Sent:* Wednesday, September 28, 2016 1:50 PM
*To:* UA-discuss at icann.org (UA-discuss at icann.org)
*Subject:* Some universal acceptance problems last 15+ years...

On Sep 12, 2001, I helped launch the first non 2/3 character TLD, .INFO.
Many of you have heard about how we struggled to get applications,
browsers, web forms and email systems to recognize the world’s first
four-character TLD as a legitimate extension, including my creation of the
Office of the CTO (in a 3 person startup) to get large companies to return
my calls.

Well, 15+ years later, today I was on the website of the Pennsylvania state
government, and filled in my email address (ending in .INFO). I hit submit,
and here is the prompt that came up. I hit OK, and the site accepted my
email and I moved forward with my tasks, but it’s galling that some
programmer _*recently*_ decided that a non 2/3 character TLD based email
address merited a warning message.

Goes to show how long bad habits persist. Also goes to show why the UASG’s
work is important.



Ram Mohan

Executive Vice President & CTO

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