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of concept - the Asterisk
(or Splat) browser
An undergraduate Computer Science 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 top-level domains.
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 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 all modern browsers handle IDNA addresses.
A proper standards document must be written. Or if you're interested in a challenge, try meshing Internationalized names with Multiplexed 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 2, 2019