Private Use Area

Private Use Area <PUA> = Bereich {m} für privaten Gebrauch

Name of a subset in Unicode fonts.

  • “The UCS includes 137,468 code points for private use in three different ranges, each called a Private Use Area (PUA). The Unicode standard recognizes code points within PUAs as legitimate Unicode character codes, but does not assign them any (abstract) character. Instead, individuals, organizations and software vendors are free to use them as they see fit. Within closed systems, characters in the PUA can operate unambiguously, allowing such systems to represent characters or glyphs not defined in Unicode.” Source: Wikipedia “Private Use Area”
  • Google “Bereich für privaten Gebrauch”

Here’s a screenshot from the “insert symbol” dialog in the German version of Microsoft Word XP; see highlighted area.

Screenshot "Private Use Area" in German version of Microsoft Word XP

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