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HTML Character Sets

Character sets determine how the bytes that represent the text of your HTML document are translated to readable characters. A Web browser interprets the bytes in your document according to the applied character-set translations. A browser interprets numeric or hexadecimal character references ("〹" or "ሴ") as ISO 10646 code points, consistent with the Unicode Standard, version 2.0, and independent of the chosen character set. Named entities ("&") also are displayed independently of the chosen character set. The display of an arbitrary numeric character reference requires the existence of a font that is able to display that particular character on the user's system. Accordingly, the content in the first column of the following tables may not render as expected on all systems.

ISO Latin-1 Character Set

Additional Named Entities for HTML

Character Entities for Special Symbols and BIDI Text



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