[Bitcoin-development] Fwd: [BIP 15] Aliases

Rick Wesson rick at support-intelligence.com
Wed Dec 14 23:02:25 UTC 2011

I was looking at the wiki entry for this and noticed that your
description of DNSSEC is incorrect. It is an internet standard and is
widely deployed in the root (.), many TLDs, ccTLDs and second leverl

Also understand when the IETF or ICANN adopts new (we worked on DNSSEC
no less than 10 years) standard the horizon is at least 20 years.
Nothing and I really mean nothing is adopted in mass over shorter time

I also am largely in favor of using secured zones to publish TXT
records to digital currencies. I've been thinking mainly about TXT
using the following format for bitcoin.


you can look up the following record _btc.rick.wesson.us (from
rick at wesson.us) which yealds

; <<>> DiG 9.6-ESV-R4-P3 <<>> _btc.rick.wesson.us txt
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 45136
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;_btc.rick.wesson.us.           IN      TXT

_btc.rick.wesson.us.    299     IN      TXT     "BTC=1\;

;; Query time: 147 msec

while this isn't a secured zone, any leverage of DNSSEC would require
the application to have direct hooks into the stub-resolver, rather
than just leveraging the OS's implementation.

just some food for thought...


2011/12/14 Jorge Timón <timon.elviejo at gmail.com>:
> What if we specify "bitcoin" to make it easier for software (maybe the
> browser, a plugin for the browser, the bitcoin client analyzing the
> clipboard...) to easily detect that you expect a bitcoin address when
> going to url?
> If puted in the bitcoin client, the "bitcoin://" is optional (? and
> can also be replaced by http ?) since from the context you already
> expect an address or an url that will give you the address.
> In the browser:
> bitcoin://address
> bitcoin://rest_of_url
> In the bitcoin client:
> address
> rest_of_url
> bitcoin://address
> bitcoin://rest_of_url
> http://rest_of_url  ??
> Maybe in the bitcoin client you can put any site and the client
> downloads the web to look for occurrences of "bitcoin://" (? or just
> valid addresses ?) in it. It caches and shows them to you to decide
> what to do with each one.
> I have used other programs (jdownloader) that read the clipboard
> looking for patterns in links and is very convenient.
> Maybe then parameters for the client can be added to this.
> bitcoin://address?amount=10.53
> bitcoin://rest_of_url?amount=10.53&green_address=r
> bitcoin://rest_of_url?amount=10.53&green_address=r&green_address_list=address1,address2,address3
> Whatever the community have planned for bitcoin URIs.
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