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Re: Web typo-correction (Re: Sitefinder II, the sequel...)
SS> Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 13:38:31 -0500 SS> From: Stephen Sprunk SS> Ever used Word or Outlook? They annoyingly "fix" words as you type without SS> offering multiple choices or even alerting the user that they're doing it. Yes. One of the first "features" that I shut off. SS> OpenDNS's typo-fixing service can supposedly be turned off, but I don't see SS> how that would work when you have multiple users behind a NAT or a recursive SS> server. There also may be hidden problems if an ISP pushes all of their SS> users onto this service and the users have no clue they've been "opted in" SS> or how to opt back out (and we all know how well "opt out" systems work for SS> email in general). *nod* SS> And that solves most of my objections, at least for HTTP. It still breaks a SS> lot of other protocols. ...which still poses problems that should not be ignored. I forked a subset of the main discussion in hopes of better idea organization. Other protocols should indeed be considered. It's a question of protocol-specific proxying when [at least for now] DNS returns protocol-agnostic answers. As a side note, I wonder how many users would notice a typo-intercepted HTTPS side and associated invalid/bogus certificate. I'm afraid the number would be rather low. SS> If web browsers consulted SRV records instead of blindly connecting to the SS> A, that would appear to solve everything: NXDOMAIN for the A but the HTTP SS> SRV could point to the typo-correction server. I'd not be inclined to argue SS> with such a setup, but it requires a refresh of every browser out there, so SS> it's not realistic. Agreed re the short term. However, SRV records have other uses -- why should MXes get all the special treatment? -- so I'm trying to put another tally in the "[potential] reasons to use SRV" column. Perhaps if the ball began rolling... Eddy -- Everquick Internet - http://www.everquick.net/ A division of Brotsman & Dreger, Inc. - http://www.brotsman.com/ Bandwidth, consulting, e-commerce, hosting, and network building Phone: +1 785 865 5885 Lawrence and [inter]national Phone: +1 316 794 8922 Wichita ________________________________________________________________________ DO NOT send mail to the following addresses: davidc@xxxxxxxxx -*- jfconmaapaq@xxxxxxxx -*- sam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sending mail to spambait addresses is a great way to get blocked. Ditto for broken OOO autoresponders and foolish AV software backscatter.