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HTML Special Character Entities

Now that you have completed the HTML Basics Series you know that certain special characters are used in the HTML code such as < and >. But before you started studying HTML, you may have used these same characters as they were originally intended as greater than > and less than < symbols. So what do you do when you want to use these characters for greater than and less than on a webpage?

You will need to use special HTML code that tells the web browser to display a greater than or less than symbol on the webpage. If you tried to just type in the < or > into the text for your webpage, the browser will get confused. The misplaced < or > will "break" your HTML code and the web browser will not display your webpage correctly.

The < and > are one example of such "special character entities" that require special HTML code in order to be displayed on a webpage. You can find links below for three lists of the special character entities and their corresponding HTML code.

ISO 8859-1 Character Entities and more

Markup and International Character Entities # $ % & < > @ and more

Symbols, Math and Greek Character Entities Γ Δ Θ ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ and more

♦♦If you are interested in creating a website with HTML, you might be interested in reading the HTML Basics Series which will teach you the basics of HTML as you build a simple three-page website and create a webpage template that you can use to add more pages to this site.

♦♦You might also want to try the Flash Basics Series that will walk you through the process of building a website with MacromediaR FlashR. If you are new to Flash or just need to refresh your skills, this is the place to start. This series of tutorials will give you the basic knowledge you will need to be able to create a simple Flash based website.




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