[arin-tech-discuss] Customer name characters

David Huberman dhuberma at arin.net
Thu Feb 14 11:05:44 EST 2013

Hi Thomas,

So it turns out we restrict our character sets partly based on security
issues. This information is displayed in various formats (whois, web,
etc.).  At present, there are no current plans to expand the allowable
character set for the customer name field.  I think it's also worth
nothing that even though it looks like a small change, it's actually
pretty significant because this touches a lot of different code in a lot
of different systems at ARIN.

If you and others would like to see this change, we strongly encourage you
to submit this idea to ARIN's Consultation and Suggestion Process for
discussion amongst the community and ARIN's management:



David R Huberman
Principal Technical Analyst, ARIN

On 2/14/13 10:22 AM, "Thomas St-Pierre" <tstpierre at iweb.com> wrote:


I was wondering if there were any plans to expand the set of allowed
characters to include more than what you currently allow? According to the
reject message I just got the only allowed characters are the following:
 A-Z 0-9 @ ( ) ' # / & , . - + * ! and space.

This is a bit restrictive no? Many names have characters that aren't in
this list. For example a lot of our customers are french, and include
accents in their names. I'm sure I can't be the only
 one running into this problem.



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