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What is the character set of a page? What will other character set e.g. 7 bit, do?
I was thinking that character set is a bit like font? But not sure what exactly it affects the formatting of the webpage, would appreciate some help!
Jennifer NordellTreehouse Teacher
You're correct. It does stand for 8 bit. But for instance, if you take the same text you have but use a different encoding standard you could get a page that is entirely in Chinese characters! That's probably not what you're shooting for. The charset is literally the set of characters you're using. And they are industry defined. Here's some w3c documentation about what a charset is. https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-what-is-encoding