charset (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE8 FF2 SA4 OP10 CH2
None None None None None

Syntax

charset="character encoding scheme"

Description

The charset attribute is used to identify the character set used in the document that’s being linked to (that is, referenced in the href attribute).

Example

More cakes! Here, a charset is defined, as they’re special Japanese cakes:

<a href="cakes-ja.html" charset="euc-jp">lovely range of
    Japanese cakes (note: this link will take you to a page in Japanese
    language)</a>

Value

This attribute takes a standard character set encoding name (such as "UTF-8").

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None None

None of the browsers tested appear to do anything to notify the user that the linked document would be presented in any special (or different) character encoding. As such, this attribute has no real use, and can safely be ignored at this time.

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