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HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the industry standard markup language for web-based content. Technologies like Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and programming languages like JavaScript can complement HTML code

Web browsers get HTML documents from a remote server or local storage and convert them to multimedia internet pages. HTML semantically explains the structure of a web page and initially provided signals for the design of the content.

Despite the fact that HTML has been in use since 1991, it wasn't until HTML 4.0 that the treatment of international characters was fairly thorough. When an HTML page contains special characters that are not in the seven-bit ASCII range, two factors must be considered: the data integrity and global browser display. 

The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) is a character encoding standard used in digital communication. ASCII is the most commonly used character set or character encoding on computers, as well as the most extensively used character set for digitally encoding text. It was the first standard for character encoding. It defines 128 distinct characters, including English letters, numerals, and the most frequent special characters.

ASCII encoding only covers the upper- & lowercase Latin alphabets, digits 0-9, and a few additional characters, for a total of 128 characters. Web encoding ensures that text or strings are displayed correctly in browsers. When we copy content from a webpage, our browsers copy the decoded characters that cannot be shown in the browsers. To correctly show the result, the ASCII characters must be decoded.

HTML character entity reference is a unique collection of characters (a code) that the browser displays as a specific character or symbol that corresponds to the entity reference code. An HTML character entity reference is often formatted as &, followed by some code, and then by; with no spaces in between. You can quickly encode and decode using the HTML Encoder tool.

What is HTML Character Encoding?

All ASCII characters are converted to HTML entities via the HTML character encoder. Each character has a distinct meaning, and each encoded entity code reflects that character's original message.

An HTML entity is a string of text that starts with an ampersand (&) and ends with a semicolon (;). Entities are widely used to show reserved characters and invisible characters (that otherwise would have been read as Html tags  like non-breaking spaces). You may also substitute them for other characters that are difficult to enter on a regular keyboard.

HTML includes a collection of special characters that browsers identify as being part of the HTML language. Because browsers will interpret < (less-than) as an opening HTML element, it cannot be written directly in an HTML page. As a result, the entity code for < in HTML will be written as "<".

 

What are HTML's Reserved Characters?
HTML includes a collection of special characters that browsers identify as being component of the HTML language. Browsers, for instance, perceive the character <  in HTML code as the start of a tag. As a result, the character < is regarded reserved. It is reserved by the HTML language because it specifies the beginning of a tag.

But how can you instruct browsers to treat those reserved letters as content rather than HTML code?
HTML character entity references come in handy here.There are three reserved characters that must always be replaced with their entity character references:

  1. Rather than <, you should write "<" 
  2. Rather than > you should write ">"
  3. Rather than &, you should write "&" 

One more advantage of  usig the HTML Encoder is to generate special characters that are not easily accessible on our keyboards. The copyright sign or © is one such character that is frequently used. "©" is the character entity reference code for ©.

In a nutshell, our HTML Encoder will assist you in efficiently converting the characters and generating the appropriate HTML entities.

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