Unfortunately, this won't work. We explored this in 1995/6. The
problem is
that is creates a very fragmented *FLAT* name space. Flat name spaces are
bad. Fragmented name spaces are even worse. Combine them and
you're out of
business. The trademark law's primary issue is whether there is confusion
created for the consumer. Any naming scheme which introduces
confusion for
the consumer is doomed:


It's all TBL's fault for inventing a URL format that puts the domain name
right in front of the user. Hide the browser's location bar somehow, and
all these problems go away, no matter what strings are used at whatever

I say we storm the W3C to make them pay for their sins. Or better yet, make
them run the registries, that'll show 'em. :slight_smile:

I think you'll find that TBL has, on several occasions, commented that he never intended for URLs (or HTML for that matter) to be presented to or handled by humans.