MakeW3web

Setting Up Character Encoding

Setting up character encoding using the HTML meta tag ensures that your web page displays text correctly, regardless of the characters used or the user's browser settings. The most common character encoding is UTF-8, which supports a wide range of characters, including non-Latin scripts and special characters.

To set up character encoding using the HTML meta tag, add the following line within the `<head>` section of your HTML document:

<meta charset="UTF-8">

By declaring the character encoding using the meta tag, you tell the browser to interpret the text on the page as UTF-8 encoded. This helps avoid issues with displaying special characters or different languages. It is recommended to place the `<meta charset>` tag as early as possible in the `<head>` section, preferably as the first child element, to ensure that the browser correctly interprets the encoding of the entire document.

Here's an example of an HTML document with the UTF-8 character encoding meta tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <title>Example Page</title>
  <!-- Additional head elements -->
</head>
<body>
  <!-- Page content -->
</body>
</html>

By using the UTF-8 character encoding, you can ensure that your web page is displayed correctly across different browsers and platforms, supporting various characters and languages.

Was this page helpful?