Unicode Domains Are An Absolute Hack

Unicode Domains Are An Absolute Hack

I recently discovered that Unicode domains exist so I thought it’d be to explain how this is possible while still keeping the internet compatible with all manor of ancient hardware still in use. Plus this allows for emoji domains.

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RFC 2181: https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/rfc2181#section-11
RFC 3492: https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/rfc3492
Punycode: https://www.punycoder.com/
Internationalized Domains: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/docs/idn.md
Domainoji: https://domainoji.com/
Namecheap Emoji Domains: https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/238/35/do-you-support-idn-domains-and-emojis/
IRIStatus: https://www.w3.org/International/wiki/IRIStatus
Emoji Website: https://emojipedia.org/

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==========Time Stamps==========
0:00 Introduction
1:05 DNS Limitations
3:24 PunyCode
5:01 Emoji Domains
5:48 Link Spoofing
8:04 Top Level Doman Support
8:51 Domain Name Registrars
9:28 SEO Issues
10:13 Reading Direction
10:51 Outro

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#Unicode #Emoji #UnicodeDomains

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15 Comments

  1. Fuseteam ꧂ on May 27, 2022 at 12:12 am

    yes i have a face now 😛



  2. DraXaly on May 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    imagine picking out a fish emoji, real user friendly



  3. Karl Billeter on May 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Interesting. Not stuff I knew but not surprising. Unicode is quite detailed in philosophical model and implementation… and brutally punishes assumptions 🙂



  4. Juan Macias on May 27, 2022 at 12:21 am

    This was pretty cool, didn’t even know you could use emojis as a domain lol



  5. Carlos Doe on May 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Thanks a lot my man <3



  6. Yekutiel ben Heshel on May 27, 2022 at 12:28 am

    This needs to be proofread…

    "I recently discovered that Unicode domains exist so I thought it’d be to explain how this is possible while still keeping the internet compatible with all manor of ancient hardware still in use. Plus this allows for emoji domains."



  7. Matthias Wichert on May 27, 2022 at 12:31 am

    As a German I indeed already knew about "Umlautdomains" (basically domains that included the German umlauts ä, ö, ü and ß). I already noticed that they seemed to be encoded in some way, and now I know why and why that makes sense. Still, it’s an incredible hack – like I expected anything of this magnitude to be 😉



  8. Sven Karlsen on May 27, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Is it just me or did "tech over tea" sound more like "KEK over tea" at the end of this video?



  9. nonetrix on May 27, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Saw a domain with Cyrillic the other day and thought I was having a stroke



  10. Productivity Flow on May 27, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Is this your full time job



  11. Anzan Hoshin Roshi on May 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    tyb.



  12. Magnus Anderson on May 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I think that URLs in general are a terrible technology. And the DNS server limitations you describe are a symptom of that. I say this with no knowledge of URLs or DNS. But for example percent encoding is such a hack that has led to vulnerabilities and undefined behaviour and all sorts of other crap.

    But it was good enough for 1995 with basic ascii and now the entire human species for all time will use URLs forever



  13. Martin Kunev on May 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Unicode URLs was a really bad decision. They basically throw all security considerations away and assume clients and TLDs will deal with security.
    The only benefit I can see is that somebody is making a lot of money.



  14. Kyu TheFox on May 27, 2022 at 1:04 am

    now i now that .cooking is an actual toplevel domain. if fish is one



  15. AnInstantRamen on May 27, 2022 at 1:07 am

    love these types of videos where you just explain stuff, they’re super entertaining + I get to learn something actually useful and interesting. keep it up!