Re: [DNSOP] I-D Action: draft-wkumari-dnsop-alt-tld-00.txt

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> Wed, 12 February 2014 16:14 UTC

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Subject: Re: [DNSOP] I-D Action: draft-wkumari-dnsop-alt-tld-00.txt
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On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 12:58:38PM -0800,
 internet-drafts@ietf.org <internet-drafts@ietf.org>; wrote 
 a message of 36 lines which said:

>         Title           : The ALT Special Use Top Level Domain
>         Authors         : Warren Kumari
>                           Andrew Sullivan
> 	Filename        : draft-wkumari-dnsop-alt-tld-00.txt

The goal is laudable and I like the end of section 3, acknoweledging
that, existing TLDs like .onion won't move to the new .ALT

However, I disagree with the terminology.

> DNS context: The namespace administered by ICANN.

No. The DNS is a protocol. It exists whether or not it is rooted at
ICANN. When you use an "alternative root" (RFC 2826), you use the
DNS. When a big closed organization has its own infrastructure, with
root servers and so on, it is still the same DNS protocol.

> the DNS "standard" of a series of labels separated with dots

Many other systems work with this syntax (domain names can be resolved
by other protocols than the DNS, for instance /etc/hosts or LDAP) so
it should not be called "DNS standard".