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RE: impact of lots more top level domains on the Web?

From: Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol) <skw@hp.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 09:09:54 +0000
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
CC: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org]
> On Behalf Of Mark Baker
> Sent: 27 June 2008 14:56
> To: Dan Connolly
> Cc: www-tag
> Subject: Re: impact of lots more top level domains on the Web?
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> wrote:
> >
> > In the abstract, Web architecture is orthogonal to the
> > .com/.org/.net hierarchy, but in practice, I wonder
> > what the impact of this decision will be...
>
> I think the impact will be that DNS-authority based URIs will become
> more opaque to users, as there's more for them to remember than just
> the strings "ibm", or "yahoo", or "microsoft" (for which they could
> assume ".com").  IMO, the result will likely be that users will rely
> more on search engines.
>
> > I suppose that in the long-term, a more flat namespace
> > makes sense.
>
> I agree, but AFAICT, this decision moves us away from that.  Wouldn't
> the ultimate in flat be to have a single TLD?

:-) Other way round me thinks... the ultimate in flat is where *every* DNS name in use is a TLD. ;-)

> Mark.
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