Adding CNAME for the root domain issue

John R. Levine johnl at
Wed Apr 27 15:39:05 UTC 2016

> At the same time, the browser developers, almost without exception, refuse
> to implement SRV because they don't like the idea that they might have to
> do another DNS lookup prior to displaying a web page.  And they lobby the
> W3C pretty hard to not standardize SRV for HTTP.
> That's a pretty serious impasse .. and one that I think is only going to be
> overcome by an equally strong lobbying movement from the DNS hosting
> industry, when we get tired of trying to educate end users on why CNAME at
> apex won't work (end users who don't–and shouldn't need to–care), and get
> tired of maintaining messy record synthesis processes.

I don't think that's a fight you're going to win.  The ANAME kludge is 
ugly, but it's straightforward and a whole lot of DNS operators (including 
me) do it.


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