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Proof of concept - the Asterisk (or splat) browser
An undergraduate CS student once wrote a proof of concept prototype browser we named Asterisk, based on open-source Mozilla Firefox code. It worked. But that was shortly before ICANN launched its flood of new generic TLDS.
We quietly put it on the shelf.
The prototype makes domain name translations completely invisible to the user. Any name*number.tld address is translated into the corresponding native format for domain name resolution, and any domain name registered in the native format is presented to the user as a convenient 'name*number.tld' web address.
- the Asterisk/Splat prototype was based on Mozilla
Firefox 2.0 (yeah, that long ago).
Our goal was not Yet Another Web Browser - the demonstrated function could be added to any browser, just as you expect any browser to handle IDNA addresses.
A proper standards document should be written. Or if you're interested in a challenge, try nesting Multiplexed names within Internationalized names to create Universalized Domain Names.
Get in touch if you have any questions, but please read the FAQ list first.
Full disclosure: we have no financial interest in .com or any other TLD. Multiplexed domain names are covered by US patent.
Last updated November 23, 2018