The ALT Special Use Top Level Domain
draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-07

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dnsop                                                          W. Kumari
Internet-Draft                                                    Google
Intended status: Informational                               A. Sullivan
Expires: August 5, 2017                                              Dyn
                                                        February 1, 2017

                  The ALT Special Use Top Level Domain
                      draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-07

Abstract

   This document reserves a string (ALT) to be used as a TLD label in
   non-DNS contexts, or for names that have no meaning in a global
   context.  It also provides advice and guidance to developers
   developing alternate namespaces.

   [Ed note: Text inside square brackets ([]) is additional background
   information, answers to frequently asked questions, general musings,
   etc.  They will be removed before publication.This document is being
   collaborated on in Github at: https://github.com/wkumari/draft-
   wkumari-dnsop-alt-tld.  The most recent version of the document, open
   issues, etc should all be available here.  The authors (gratefully)
   accept pull requests.  NOTE: This document is currently a parked WG
   document -- as such, all changes are being handled in GitHub and a
   new version will be posted once unparked.

   It had been suggested (off-list) that the draft should contain <TBD>
   instead of .ALT, and then make the WG choose a string before
   publication.  A version of the draft like this was published on
   GitHub (https://github.com/wkumari/draft-wkumari-dnsop-alt-tld/
   tree/7988fcf06100f7a17f21e6993b781690b5774472) (and generated no
   feedback).  This version reverts to .ALT -- the chairs stated that
   the document was adopted with the string .alt, it has been discussed
   as .alt.  IMO, it is more readable as .alt; it would also be a
   difficult consensus call, boiling down to beauty contests.  If the WG
   selects a different string ("not-dns" had been suggested in the
   past), the editors will, of course, replace it. ]

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  The ALT namespace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  Choice of the ALT Name  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  Domain Name Reservation Considerations  . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Appendix A.  Changes / Author Notes.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   Many protocols and systems need to name entities.  Names that look
   like DNS names (a series of labels separated with dots) have become
   common, even in systems that are not part of the global DNS
   administered by IANA.
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