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HTML How to Make a Website HTML First Use HTML Elements

how do you set character set

what do they mean by character set

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta charset ="utf-8">
  <title>Juliana|Designer> </title>

2 Answers

William Li
William Li
Courses Plus Student 26,868 Points
<meta charset ="utf-8">

is for the Unicode encoding.

In the old days of the web prior to HTML5, sometimes people use different charsets -- ANSI, ISO-8859-8, among others.

Nowadays, utf-8 is the default encoding for HTML5, and generally speaking, you should always use utf-8 because it's a better encoding than the other older charsets, has good support for multi-languages, and will make your life as web developer easier.

I'm pretty sure it tells the browser what characters it can use. (such as A-Z, or 1-9, or @, &, and $). There are several different types of character sets. ANSI has Letters a-z, numbers 1-9, and a few special characters such as $%^&*. IOS-8859-1 Has 256 characters. It was the default character set for HTML 4. UTF-8 covers almost all the symbols in the world. You should add a charset to the top of every web page like this:

<meta charset = "UTF-8">

or this:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">