Re: [weirds] Entity name searches

Brian Mountford <> Mon, 09 November 2015 17:13 UTC

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Well, for instance, one might want to search the organization. When I do a
WHOIS query for, the contacts have an organization of Google
Inc. I might want to search for all contacts with that organization.

I can try to tailor the interpretation, but since the search string syntax
does not allow for arbitrary suffix searching, it's not clear what
tailoring is possible. Are you saying that I could take an entity name
search string of "McB*" and interpret that as a search for names any of
whose words begin with McB, so that it would find Joe McBride as well as
McBurns Simpson? That seems to be playing pretty loose with the partial
search string rules, since the RFC takes pains to define that syntax so


On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Andrew Newton <> wrote:

> Welcome to the world of internationalization, where the concept of a
> last name vs a first name is not universal, and US ASCII is not
> representative all the characters used.
> Since you know the data in your database best, you should taylor the
> interpretation of the query input to that which works best with your
> registry.
> On Sat, Nov 7, 2015 at 5:54 AM, Brian Mountford <>
> wrote:
> >
> > And only names? There is no provision for searching entities by address,
> > etc.?
> >
> I don't think that ever came up. It would require an RDAP extension. I
> do question how useful such a thing would be. Why does anybody care
> that a particular registry has contacts living on Mumford Lane in East
> Westover? Are they searching all the registries for that information?
> Do they need a telephone book instead?
> -andy