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Character encoding

Character encoding provides an encoding system for specific characters in different languages, to allow them all to exist and be handled consistently in a computer system or programming environment.

For example, in HTML we normally declare a character encoding of UTF-8, using the following line:

<meta charset="utf-8">

This ensures that you can use characters from just about any human language in your HTML document, and they will display reliably.

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