The page proposes urlspaces as the solution to the
shortage of good domain names. Urlspaces is based on the idea
of parallel universes. A urlspace is a parallel universe where
your domain name is available. If the domain name you want is taken just
create a parallel universe (urlspace) where it is available. As
there is no end to the number of parallel universes your domain name is
always available somewhere.
A urlspace is formed simply by appending a - and your urlspace name to the end of your domain name. For example, if constitution.com is taken then create a urlspace where it isn't taken. For simplicity let's pick 1 as our urlspace, although it could be any string valid for a domain name. The URL would look like http://constitution-1.com. The URL is pronounced: my address is constitution.com in uspace 1.
The solution presented here is based on the idea of creating
a parallel universe, called a urlspace, where
the name you want is always available.
Given enough time each possible variation of each possible
event could be traced. Think of the options. If you got
3 traffic tickets in one world you could slide to a different
world where your record is clean!
And that's the idea of a urlspace. A urlspace is a
"parallel universe" where your domain name is unique.
For a long time there have only been three generally
habitable universes: .com, .org, and .net. There
are more coming. But the number of universes is still
very limited. Wouldn't it be far better create a system
where we could slide to all the possible universes?
The mechanism for creating a urlspace turns out to be
Adding Top Level Domains is Not the Solution
Still Limited in Number
Adding .biz and other top level domains still means the number
of domains is limited. We can keep adding new extensions, but
we soon reach an absurd state. Even the first round of added
extensions seem forced and artificial. It's better to generalize the
extension mechanism sooner rather than later.
People Want .com
People want domain names ending in .com. .com has cache. The
other extensions place you in the low rent district.
Creating Parallel Universes for Urlspaces
There's a TV series called Sliders where a group of
travelers "slide" between parallel universes using worm
holes, always trying to get back to their home universe.
They find some universes radically different from home.
And some universes are only slightly different.
Forming a Urlspace
A urlspace'ized domain name has the following form:
"root" is the domain name you really want. "-" is a separator
between the root and urlspace. "urlspace" is the name of
the parallel universe in which your domain name exists.
Urlspace can contain any valid domain character, except
"-", as it is used as a separator.
"extension" is a standard top level domain like .com.
Advantages of Urlspaces
Simple and Useable Now by Anyone
The urlspace idea and notation is usable now, by anyone.
No new companies have to be setup to sell domains.
No arguing over which top level domains should be
available. People can just adopt the urlspace naming
convention and use it.
Compatible with Current DNS
The current DNS infrastructure can be used without change.
Large Space Available
By placing the urlspace after the root part of the domain
name, the urlspace can be variable in length
up to the maximum length of a domain name. The number
of parallel name universes is very large.
Everyone can get the Domain Name they Want
Everyone can get the domain name they want under the .com
Pronouncing Urlspace'ized Named
The addition of the urlspace to the domain name
can be very natural, and can become part of the common
idiom for describing domain names. For example, poems-jane.com
would be pronounced:
poems.com in uspace jane
This idiom is very short and natural sounding.
Universes Inside Universes
Urlspaces can be nested inside each other by introducing
the "-" separator anywhere in the urlspace name. For example:
This creates a blue sub universe of jane. The maximum length
of a domain name is 26 characters so there are practical
limits to the nesting. Sub universes are pronounced as:
poems.com in uspace jane uspace blue.
Urlspaces Belong to Everyone
Urlspaces like parallel universes are not owned. Once created anyone
can create a sub universe off your urlspace.
Pass it On
If you like the urlspaces idea then please pass it on to your friends.
It doesn't take any special committee blessing to implement. Just
do it. The full text of this document can be found at
Comments and Suggestions
Please email Todd Hoff at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments and suggestions.
Given enough time each possible variation of each possible event could be traced. Think of the options. If you got 3 traffic tickets in one world you could slide to a different world where your record is clean!
And that's the idea of a urlspace. A urlspace is a "parallel universe" where your domain name is unique. For a long time there have only been three generally habitable universes: .com, .org, and .net. There are more coming. But the number of universes is still very limited. Wouldn't it be far better create a system where we could slide to all the possible universes?
The mechanism for creating a urlspace turns out to be quite simple: