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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 very nicely, 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.
requirements are simple - case must be handled
according to IETF rules, a name*0 instance must
point to the original (non-multiplexed) instance
of the name, the asterisk in names must be case
neutral (like the hyphen), proper abbreviation
MUX should be used instead of MLX in names, etc.
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 January 1, 2021