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The multiplexed name concept is easiest to appreciate by comparing examples.

In the tables below we apply simple address redirecting to demonstrate multiple use, but name registration in a format that supports translation to/from the [name]*[number] format is more powerful.

We don't use it here - except in one example - since translation software is neither standardized nor available (yet).

It will always be preferable to support direct name input on the address line without selecting it from a table, and that requires standardization.

Multiplexing creates a hierarchy within second level names, it does not rely on redirecting. The linking used in these examples shows how easily multiplexed names can be made available to you and other users who don't have a browser that supports multiplexing.

First examples - multiplexed Johnson registrations:

In the example directory below all the links with a white background are real addresses and work with a standard browser.

“Redirect” in the table below means these links redirect to real sites to show how the system could simplify addressing and directory search for related names that are already registered.

The Johnson sites *4 through *8 are fictitious - the sites exist on line but were created only for demonstration and do not belong to real companies.

Only the one link with a colored background requires a plug-in, add-on, or mobile app with multiplexing functionality to work in native fashion.

Directory of Johnson* registrations

Domain

Owner

T
m

Desc.

City

St.

Post
code

CC

Phone
area

johnson.com

Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc

®

Parked domain





H3E 1T5


CA

514

johnson*1.com
-
redirects

SC Johnson,
a family company since 1886

®

Makers of Windex, Pledge, Off!, Raid, Ziploc and other cleaning and home care products

Racine

WI

53403

US

800

johnson*2.com - redirects

Johnson Woolen Mills, Inc.

®

Vermont woolen mill est. 1842

Johnson

VT

05656

US

802

johnson*3.com - redirects

Johnson Laminating and Coating, Inc

®

Custom chemical coating and laminating on a variety of substrates

Carson

CA

90745

US

310

johnson*4.com

Sven Johnson Painting


Painting - homes, barns and outbuildings

Roseau

MN

56751

US

218

johnson*5.com

Johnson the Florist


Cut flowers, potted plants, corsages and bouquets, office plants

Cincinnati

OH

45202

US

513

johnson*6.com

Johnson County Choppers


Motorcycles, accessories and clothing

Buffalo

WY

82834

US

307

johnson*7.com

Johnson, THE Pittsburgh painter


Painting and decorating

Pittsburgh

PA

15219

US

214

johnson*8.com

JK Johnson shoes LLP


Retail shoes and boots

Savannah

GA

31401

US

912

johnson.biz

Guava Softs


parked domain

Ludhiana

Punjab

141001

IN

-

johnson.net

anonymous owner


parked domain

-

-

-

-

-

johnson.org

Tucows.com


Johnson email server

Toronto

ON

M6K 3M1

CA

416

johnson.info

Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc

®

parked domain

-

-

-

CA

-

johnson.us

Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc

®

parked domain

-

-

-

CA

-

johnson.edu

Johnson College


Technical College

Scranton

PA

18508

US

570

Notes:

  1. Any public or third party directory would presumably list domain names in the name*number format, but link the names in HTML to the 'native' registration format just like we have for this demonstration.  This would allow anyone, with any browser, to select any name from the list to access a site - there would be no inaccessible 'colored background' names.
    Typing names into the browser address line in 'name*number.tld' format would require a browser upgrade, plug-in or app.

  2. If you don't have the necessary software, you can always type the 'native' address format into your browser address line.
    The native format used for this demonstration is 'mlx--[name]--[number]'
    The address to site: www.johnson*8.com
    is actually http://www.mlx--johnson--8.com.

    The browser translates this into the 'name*number' format that is shorter and easier to handle.
  3. Logically the identity of the original (non-enumerated) registrant should be considered [name]*0.tld.  This means the browser should identify johnson*0.com as johnson.com.
  4. The native format domains for johnson*1 through johnson*3.com have been registered and parked to avoid collisions during the test period.<
  5. The web sites for johnson*4 through *8, including the one with a colored table background, plus the two multiplexed JoeAndSons sites, are fictitious and used for demonstration purposes only.
  6. The table information provided for each fictitious domain name is also fictitious (of course) but demonstrates a reasonable extension of the concept.
    A standardized registration format and name repetition make it relatively simple to create name-based directories.
    Extensions and 'widgets' available for some browsers could automatically present a directory, allowing users to search for 'which Johnson' or validate site ownership while browsing.
    'Anonymous' or 'not given' may be legitimate entries since they also give the user pertinent information.
  7. Telephone area codes may be preferable to full numbers to help users search for a company or service while protecting the listed company from telephone overload – one reason for publishing a web site to begin with. In the tables 'St.' means State and 'CC' means Country Code, the country where the business is headquartered.

Another example:

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, wrote in his book Weaving the Web:
"There can be a Joe & Sons hardware company in Bangor, Maine, and a Joe & Sons fish restaurant in San Francisco.
But there can only be one joeandsons.com."

Was the Internet supposed to be so limited? What about:

Directory of Joe and Sons* registrations

Domain

Owner

T
m

Desc.

City

St.

Post
code

CC

Phone
area

joeandsons.com

Ayaad Damouni


ad server
(domain for sale)

Dubai

 

 

AE

 

joeandsons*1.com

Joe & Sons


Hardware retail

Bangor

ME

04401

US

202

joeandsons*2.com

Joe & Sons


Fish restaurant

San Francisco

CA

94111

US

415


This is a test

Our solution is not offered as a supported product, we only want to demonstrate how the Internet domain name system can evolve to eliminate the current, unnecessary naming restrictions.  Similar functionality could be added to any open-source or proprietary browser.


Last updated October 8, 2017
W. Kenneth Ryan