How To Add HTML Entities in the CSS Content Property

Updated on October 12, 2020

Alligator.io and Matt Abrams

How To Add HTML Entities in the CSS Content Property


Wondering how to insert special characters and symbols inside generated CSS content? This article will show you how.


Inserting Special Characters into CSS

Insert special characters and symbols inside generated CSS content using their hex notation instead of the usual HTML entity notation. For example, © becomes \\00a9:

Here’s another example:

.foo::before {
  content: "An ellipsis\2026";

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This is how you insert special characters and symbols into CSS.

For a more comprehensive review of the HTML5 markup language, explore our series, How To Build a Website in HTML.

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