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Meta charset="utf-8" is used for what?

Don't understand what the meta charset is for and why it is utf-8

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A charset, or Character Set, is used to tell the browser what kind of symbols/characters to display on a web page. There are many different types, but UTF-8 covers the widest range of symbols. You can find more information here: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_charset.asp.

Not all browsers are created equally. The charset coding UTF-8 better enables the browser to read the code.