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HTML <meta> charset Attribute

❮ HTML <meta> tag

Example

Specify the character encoding for the HTML document:

<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
</head>
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Definition and Usage

The charset attribute specifies the character encoding for the HTML document.


Browser Support

Attribute
charset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Syntax

<meta charset="character_set">

Attribute Values

Value Description
character_set Specifies the character encoding for the HTML document.

Common values:

  • UTF-8 - Character encoding for Unicode
  • ISO-8859-1 - Character encoding for the Latin alphabet

In theory, any character encoding can be used, but no browser understands all of them. The more widely a character encoding is used, the better the chance that a browser will understand it.

To view all available character encodings, look at IANA character sets.

❮ HTML <meta> tag