HTML HTML Basics Going Further with HTML HTML Entities and Reserved Characters

Diane Hovantzi
Diane Hovantzi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 4,312 Points

Character Entity Chart - when to use which code?

I see that there can be three lines of code for a particular entity. When do we use each one? I think the third line (" " for example) is related to ASCII but not sure about the others.

https://dev.w3.org/html5/html-author/charref

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
177,843 Points

I'd generally just use the first one shown, I think the others exist primarily for compatibility.

But always test to be sure it displays correctly in the browser, try one of the others if you have trouble. I've occasionally had to use a number (the shortest one, usually the decimal) when the named one didn't display.