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Wow, I never knew the browser
could display so many different
characters. There are a ton of different
characters and languages at the
Be careful. Your browser will
only display all these characters if your
computer or device has the appropriate
fonts installed. So, while you can
probably count on the basic entities
from the www.w3schools.com page to
be available on any browser, there is no
guarantee that you can display all these
entities. But, assuming you know
something about your users, you should
have a good idea of what kind of foreign
language characters are going to be
common on their machine.
You said that & is special and
I need to use the entity & in its
place, but to type in any entity I have
to use a &. So for, say, the > entity, do I
need to type &gt;?
No, no! The reason & is special is
precisely because it is the ﬁrst character
of any entity. So, it’s perfectly ﬁne to use
& in your entity names, just not by itself.
Just remember to use & anytime you type
in an entity, and if you really need an & in
your content, use & instead.
When I looked up the entities
at the www.w3cschools.com, I noticed
that each entity has a number too.
What do I use that for?
You can use either the number,
like d or the name of an entity in
your HTML (they do the same thing).
However, not all entities have names, so
in those cases your only choice is to use
there are no
Dr. Evel, in his quest for world domination, has put up a private Web page to be
used by his evil henchmen. You’ve just received a snippet of intercepted HTML
that may contain a clue to his whereabouts. Given your expert knowledge of
HTML, you’ve been asked to crack the code and discover his location. Here’s a
bit of the text from his home page:
Crack the Location Challenge
There’s going to be an evil henchman meetup
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Come join us.
Hint: visit http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_entities.asp and/or type
in the HTML and see what your browser displays.