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International UTF-8 Special Characters

Here are the most common HTML 4.0 special characters from the UTF-8 Character Set. Specifically, we've listed the most important special mathematical, Greek and internationalization characters for UTF-8 character set.

International Characters

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In order to be specify the UTF-8 Character set, you'll probably want to ensure that the following line appears in the head section of every web page.

<META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html" charset="UTF-8">

A full Character Entity Reference for HTML 4.0 is available at:

The Unicode organization maintains a table of all the 1.1 million codes at

Internationalization Special Characters

Name Symb Decimal Hex Code Description ISO
&quot;  " &#34; U+0022 quotation mark = APL quote ISOnum
&amp;  & &#38; U+0026 ampersand ISOnum
&lt;  < &#60; U+003C less-than sign ISOnum
&gt;  > &#62; U+003E greater-than sign ISOnum
&OElig;  Œ &#338; U+0152 Latin capital ligature OE ISOlat2
&oelig;  œ &#339; U+0153 Latin small ligature oe ISOlat2
&Scaron;  Š &#352; U+0160 Latin capital letter S with caron ISOlat2
&scaron;  š &#353; U+0161 Latin small letter s with caron ISOlat2
&Yuml;  Ÿ &#376; U+0178 Latin capital letter Y with diaeresis ISOlat2
&circ;  ˆ &#710; U+02C6 modifier letter circumflex accent ISOpub
&tilde;  ˜ &#732; U+02DC small tilde ISOdia
&ensp;    &#8194; U+2002 en space ISOpub
&emsp;    &#8195; U+2003 em space ISOpub
&thinsp;    &#8201; U+2009 thin space ISOpub
&zwnj;  ‌ &#8204; U+200C zero width non-joiner New RFC 2070
&zwj;  ‍ &#8205; U+200D zero width joiner New RFC 2070
&lrm;  ‎ &#8206; U+200E left-to-right mark New RFC 2070
&rlm;  ‏ &#8207; U+200F right-to-left mark New RFC 2070
&ndash;  – &#8211; U+2013 en dash ISOpub
&mdash;  — &#8212; U+2014 em dash ISOpub
&lsquo;  ‘ &#8216; U+2018 left single quotation mark ISOnum
&rsquo;  ’ &#8217; U+2019 right single quotation mark ISOnum
&sbquo;  ‚ &#8218; U+201A single low-9 quotation mark New
&ldquo;  “ &#8220; U+201C left double quotation mark ISOnum
&rdquo;  ” &#8221; U+201D right double quotation mark ISOnum
&bdquo;  „ &#8222; U+201E double low-9 quotation mark New
&dagger;  † &#8224; U+2020 dagger ISOpub
&Dagger;  ‡ &#8225; U+2021 double dagger ISOpub
&permil;  ‰ &#8240; U+2030 per mille sign ISOtech
&lsaquo;  ‹ &#8249; U+2039 single left-pointing angle quotation mark ISO proposed
&rsaquo;  › &#8250; U+203A single right-pointing angle quotation mark ISO proposed
&euro;  € &#8364; U+20AC euro sign New
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