[Bug 263505]

Filip Ć tamcar 263505 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Apr 30 20:49:21 UTC 2020

I want to provide some feedback about this change and see if this can be

For general usage, this change is good and better than redirecting users
to unexisting websites when they want to search.

However, there are some TLDs that aren't present in the Public Suffix
List, which means that users who want to visit such domains will instead
be redirected to search. Example of such domains are local/reserved TLDs
(like `.local` or `.test`) which are commonly used for local
development/testing, as well as non-IANA-managed TLDs, like OpenNIC
(`.oss,` `.libre`...) and others, mostly by some decentralized projects
(`.eth`, `.bit`...).

All of them now just trigger a search. To access them, you now need to
manually type `http://` or `https://` before the domain. Are there any
other better solutions? Could Firefox try to resolve such domains to see
if they contain existing website (for local/reserved TLDs and OpenNIC
which are commonly resolved with custom `/etc/hosts` file or custom DNS
server) and provide some API to extensions so that extensions will be
able to tell it that TLDs are valid (for `.eth`, `.bit`... which are
commonly resolved through extensions).

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