Unicode Character Reference for Bloggers

[ Image: Two Hip Characters ] Virtually every article written here at Perishable Press requires at least one or two “special” characters. Some of these characters — such as quotation marks, hyphens, and dashes — are very common, while others — such as the copyright symbol, bullet, and arrow — happen less frequently. As a blogger, I find myself repeatedly using a select handful of very common special characters. Very rarely do I ever find myself blogging a latin “Ä” (i.e., capital letter “A” with a diaeresis). To save time and effort, I need a quick reference that targets only the characters I find useful as a blogger. With that in mind, I assembled the following table of essential Unicode (UTF-8 encoded) characters 1 for bloggers:

Essential Unicode Character Reference for Bloggers

Character Numeric Entity Named Entity Character Name
      Non-Breaking Space
« « « Left Double-Angle Quote
» » » Right Double-Angle Quote
‹ ‹ Left Single-Angle Quote
› › Right Single-Angle Quote
“ “ Left Double Quote
” ” Right Double Quote
‘ ‘ Left Single Quote
’ ’ Right Single Quote
" " " Straight Quote
' ' ' Apostrophe
‚ ‚ Single Low Quote
„ „ Double Low Quote
< &#060; &lt; Left Angle Bracket
> &#062; &gt; Right Angle Bracket
&#8592; &larr; Left Arrow
&#8594; &rarr; Right Arrow
&#8593; &uarr; Up Arrow
&#8595; &darr; Down Arrow
&#8211; &ndash; En Dash
&#8212; &mdash; Em Dash
&#8254; &oline; Overline
¦ &#166; &brvbar; Broken Vertical Bar
® &#174; &reg; Registered Symbol
© &#169; &copy; Copyright Symbol
&#8482; &trade; Trademark Symbol
& &#38; &amp; Ampersand
&#8226; &bull; Bullet
· &#183; &middot; Middle Dot
¹ &#185; &sup1; Superscript 1
² &#178; &sup2; Superscript 2
³ &#179; &sup3; Superscript 3
¢ &#162; &cent; Cent Symbol
&#8224; &dagger; Single Dagger
&#8225; &Dagger; Double Dagger
~ &#126; &tilde; Tilde

1 To ensure proper display of the Unicode characters presented below, use this meta declaration in the head of your document:

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