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What is this tag for and is it really that important?

<meta charset="utf 8">

What is this tag for and is it really that important? What would happen if I did not put this in my website?

<meta charset="utf 8">

Dave McFarland
Dave McFarland
Treehouse Teacher


Your HTML code wasn't showing up correctly. I fixed it in your post.

For the future, to put HTML/CSS/JavaScript in a forum post:

  1. hit return to create a new line and type three back tick characters ```

  2. hit return to create another new line and paste your HTML

  3. hit return and add three more back tick characters: ``` The back tick character isn't the same as the single quote -- ' -- mark; the back tick is located on the same key as the ~ on most keyboards.

Also to add correct color highlighting add the name of the language after the back ticks like this: ```CSS. Here's what CSS should look like in a forum post:

#gallery li {
  float: left;
  width: 45%;

3 Answers

What tag are you asking about?

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

<meta charset="utf 8">

This tag is for specifying the encoding of the text on a webpage. Without this tag, a browser may not know to switch to the proper encoding and characters may be displayed as gibberish.

Dave McFarland
Dave McFarland
Treehouse Teacher

Also note that it's utf-8 not utf 8

<meta charset="utf-8">

The tag isn't strictly required, and you can set up your encoding scheme on your web server as it sends out its response headers.