Towards robust domain names

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(See the meeting report for background to this)

Existing sub-domains of .arpa and their uses

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Some reflections by HST

What is a domain name bound to

What I said at the meeting was that my (mis)interpretation of the example.arpa idea was that publication of an RFC for e.g. dx.doi.org.arpa established the binding for dx.doi.org as a gold-plated domain, but left resolution to the existing DNS system. But there's a hidden flaw/gap in that story, I think I realised as I thought further about this this morning.

For naming systems such as the RFC system, and the binomial taxonomic system, what names are bound to is pretty clear. But for a persistent domain name, I realised it's not clear, at least not to me. It certainly can't be bound to an IP address, because those are not permanent. . .

Borrowing from something Larry Masinter has said, is it right to think of the binding as a (description of a) service? That's pretty much right for dx.doi.org, where the service is a resolution service for DOIs. Would it be right for e.g. w3.org? In that case would the service be a resolution service for TR pages?

Robust domains and DNS

Actually using example.arpa as a new, robust, domain name, and therefore expecting the DNS system to handle the normal volume of lookup requests, is something we will need to explore very carefully. The IAB may well have concerns about this. . .

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