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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

ICANN has hundreds of acronyms and terms, which can be confusing. We created this multilingual tool to help explain what these terms mean and facilitate your work within the ICANN community.

ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • character

    The basic graphic unit of a writing system, which is a script plus a set of rules determining how it is used for representing a specific language. In phonetic writing systems, a character is typically a letter or represents a syllable. In ideographic, pictographic, or logographic systems, a character may represent a concept or word.