Punycode to Unicode

Convert Punycode to Unicode.

Punycode to Unicode

Converting from Punycode to Unicode is easy with the help of Punycode to Unicode. Through the Punycode encoding syntax, Unicode (UTF-8) strings can be converted to the limited set of ASCII characters that can be used in network hostnames. Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs for short, are encoded using Punycode. Paste your text into the box and hit the "Convert" button to see it transformed.

What is Punycode

In order to display Unicode characters using only the ASCII characters available, a system called Punycode was developed (the basic set of characters that make up the English alphabet). This is essential because ASCII does not natively handle all of Unicode's character sets, including those used for writing languages like Chinese and Arabic.

Many web browsers and other internet applications employ Punycode, specified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), to support internationalised domain names. It is implemented with the help of a particular algorithm and can be encoded and decoded with the help of libraries or tools that come with many different languages.

What is Unicode

In the 1980s, it was developed to standardise how text is shown on various systems and devices.

Unicode uses a system of assigning unique numbers, or code points, to every other letter. To give just one example, Unicode's letter "A" has the code point of U+0041. The Unicode standard includes more than 128,000 code points, representing the alphabets, numbers, and symbols used in writing systems worldwide.

These days, almost all computers use Unicode to store and process text. Web browsers and other programmes rely on this encoding to properly display and process text in various languages, as it is the default for the World Wide Web.

Unicode allows for a standardised method of representing and displaying text independent of the particular character encoding used by any given platform or device. This eliminates the barrier that mismatched character encodings pose to cross-linguistic and cross-script communication and collaboration.


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