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Ash Donaldson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 16 Apr 2004 10:58:29 +1000
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Quoting Ramon Vazquez <[log in to unmask]>:
> o And why do i need to add the "dot edu" classification? isn't
> 'university' sufficient to indicate that i want to go to an educational
> institution?

Point taken and middleware (as implemented by some browsers) can solve this
problem, but for the registry of names, I think that the current scheme has
greater usability (esp. memorability and 'guessability') than IPs, whilst being
flexible enough to organise hundreds of millions of websites in a logical fashion.

Someone has already mentioned that ".edu" is shorter than "university", so
perhaps some of this issue is encumbent on the owner of the site?  The
universities I am involved with here in Australia have done me (as a user) the
service of providing simple URLs (as opposed to the long URLs we used to be
forced to type) such as:
The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia =
Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia =
Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia =
Please note: In Australia, all states are denoted by either a two or three
letter notation (e.g. New South Wales is NSW but Western Australia is WA).
Queensland is QLD, but in this case, such denotation would be redundant as
Queensland is the only state beginning with the letter "Q", so instead of, suffices.

Perhaps the University of Arizona could register something along the lines of

Best regards,

Ash Donaldson
user Experience Designer

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