Which special character codes?
April 12, 2011 3:06 AM Subscribe
What code standard should I be using for special characters in html?
posted by londonmark to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The website I work on seems to use a mish-mash of coding standards for displaying special characters. For example, we are currently using both & # 1 7 4 ; and & r e g ; for the registered trade mark symbol. I'm fairly sure the former is ASCII as I've picked up a lot of these codes over the years, but I'm not sure of the terminology for the other (I've heard people use Unicode, HTML and ISO all to refer to what looks, to me, like the same thing).
Is one set of codes generally held up to be best practice in web design? Does it matter that we are using different sets? And does it make any difference that we promise backward compatibility (including with IE6)?