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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  • UTF-8

    A serialization standard that enables Unicode characters to be transmitted over the Internet using one to four 8-bit bytes. UTF-8 (an acronym for Unicode Transformation Format 8-bit) is widely used for transmitting data over the Internet.

    Unicode is a registered trademark of Unicode, Inc. in the United States and other countries.