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

Richard Merdinger rmerdinger at godaddy.com
Wed Sep 28 22:31:05 UTC 2016

True geek ☺

From: <ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org> on behalf of Ram Mohan <rmohan at afilias.info>
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM
To: "UA-discuss at icann.org" <UA-discuss at icann.org>
Subject: Re: [UA-discuss] Some universal acceptance problems last 15+ years...

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

From: Ram Mohan [mailto:rmohan at afilias.info<mailto:rmohan at afilias.info>]
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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.

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


Ram Mohan
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