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Essential HTML Entities

[ Image: Two Hip Characters ] Virtually every article written here at Perishable Press requires at least one or two “special” HTML 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. The vast majority of special characters, however, like the latin Ä (i.e., capital letter “A” with a diaeresis), and the mathematical symbol ⊃ (i.e., superset), rarely see the light of day on most blogs, but they do exist.

As a blogger and content creator, I generally use the same set of special characters over and over again. So when I need to throw down an m-dash or right-angle quote or something, I want a guide that just gets me there. Most of the top search results include every special character known to humans. And it’s just overkill. So to boost productivity while writing content, I put together the following table of essential HTML Entities1.

Essential HTML Entities

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

Footnotes

1 Pro Tip: To ensure proper display of Unicode characters (i.e., UTF-8 encoded), add this meta declaration to the <head> of your web page(s):

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

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