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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. Search for terms by name or acronym using the search bar, or search by letter. All acronyms and terms are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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  • Unicode Standard

    A universal character encoding that most modern software programs and communication protocols use to process, store, and exchange textual data. Each character in the Unicode Standard is represented by a unique integer called a code point. Besides encompassing characters from writing systems around the world, the Unicode Standard includes technical symbols, punctuation, and other characters used in written text (e.g., emojis).

    The Unicode Standard is the basis for Internationalized Domain Names.

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