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Chapter 5. HTML Overview > Character Entities

5.8. Character Entities

Characters not found in the normal alphanumeric character set, such as © or &, must be specified in HTML using character entities. Using keyboard commands (such as Option-g for the © symbol) within your HTML document will not produce the character when the document is rendered in a browser (in fact, the browser will generally display the numeric entity for the character).

Character entities can be defined by name (&name;) or by numeric value (&#nnn;). The browser interprets the string to display the proper character. Named entities are preferable because numeric values may be interpreted differently on different platforms.


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