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HTML Introduction to HTML and CSS HTML: The Structural Foundation of Web Pages and Applications The Basic Structure of a Web Page

<meta charset="utf-8">

why we use this tag for ?

2 Answers

This attribute declares the character encoding used of the page. It can be locally overridden using the lang attribute on any element. This attribute is a literal string and must be one of the preferred MIME names for a character encoding as defined by the IANA. Though the standard doesn't request a specific character encoding, it gives some recommendations:

  • Authors are encouraged to use UTF-8.

  • Authors should not use ASCII-incompatible encodings (i.e. those that don't map the 8-bit code points 0x20 to 0x7E to the Unicode 0x0020 to 0x007E code points) as these represent a security risk: browsers not supporting them may interpret benign content as HTML Elements. This is the case of at least the following charsets: JIS_C6226-1983, JIS_X0212-1990, HZ-GB-2312, JOHAB, the ISO-2022 family, and the EBCDIC family.

  • Authors must not use CESU-8, UTF-7, BOCU-1 and SCSU, also falling in that category and not intended to be used on the web. Cross-scripting attacks with some of these encodings have been documented.

  • Authors should not use UTF-32 because not all HTML5 encoding algorithms can distinguish it from UTF-16.


gabriel castillo
gabriel castillo
91 Points

Use the meta tag in the head tag in your html document.

<head> <meta charset="utf-8" /> </head>