RACE encoding is a method for encoding foreign languages that use non-English characters (Chinese, Japanese, etc.) in ASCII characters for storage in domain name system servers. All names without non-English characters are unchanged. RACE codes are made up of digits, letters and dashes.
Today, it is mostly abandoned in favor of punycode.
RACE is an acronym for its main purpose.
- R stands for Row-based
- A for ASCII
- C for Compatible
- E Encoding
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