UTF-8 is the most most common character encoding on the web. You can set UTF-8 encoding and other formats using the
<meta charset> tag in HTML5.
The first element after the opening
<head> tag of your documents should be a
<meta charset> tag to define the character set in use. The UTF-8 charset is the right choice for the modern web. Here’s the markup for it:
This is how the
charset definition works in HTML5
<meta charset> is only one of many common tags in HTML5.
For a more comprehensive review of the HTML5 markup language, explore our series, How To Build a Website in HTML.
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