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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • ASCII

    A common character-encoding standard that computers use to store, transmit, and print English (or “Latin”) text.

    After many decades of use, the acronym ASCII (pronounced AS-KEE) is more well-known and more frequently used than its full name (American Standard Code for Information Interchange).