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Terminology - IBM actively tracks and manages terminology to promote the consistent use of standardized terms across the organization. When we monitor and enforce the use of consistent terminology, our customers get clear, consistent information that makes sense across products, solutions, and technologies.

Coded character sets - IBM has defined a number of related identifiers for the purpose of graphic character identification. Graphic character global identifiers (GCGID) are used to uniquely and uniformly identify and name individual graphic characters, graphic character set global identifiers (GCSGID) are used to identify a collection or list of graphic characters without any encoding of the characters implied, code page global identifiers (CPGID) are used to identify a mapping of characters into an encoding space or code point and coded character set identifiers (CCSID) are used to identify a unique combination of a character set, mapped onto a code page with using a specific encoding scheme. By browsing the repositories users can view the details of IBM's registered identifiers.

Keyboard layouts - IBM has keyboard identifiers (KBDID) that are used to uniquely identify a keyboard layout within IBM that meets the national standards of various countries or regions, or fills some other cultural or industrial requirement.


Find terms and definitions from IBM products and technologies.

Character IDs

Find character glyphs along with their IBM graphic character identifier value and Unicode value in the graphic character global identifier (GCGID) repository.

Character sets

Browse IBM registered character sets in the graphic character set global identifier (GCSGID) repository.

Code pages

Browse IBM registered code pages in the code page global identifier (CPGID) repository.

Coded character sets

Browse IBM registered coded character set identifiers in the coded character set identifier (CCSID) repository.

Keyboard layouts

Browse the repository of IBM registered keyboard layouts.