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CHARSET
CHARSET stands for CHARacter SET. It is like a particular font specification. It declares the language symbols to use on a webpage. Most people do not includ this META since much of the world views in English. When it comes to different languages though, this tag comes in handy.

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

http-equiv is similar to specifying a name.
content is similar to specifying a value.
charset states what set of character should be used to display the language on the document.

As with any other META tags, this code is entered in the HEAD area of your page coding. Values for the charset can be :

us-asciiEnglish
iso-8859-1Western European
x-euc-tw
or
big5
Traditional Chinese
x-euc-jp
or
iso-2022-jp
Japanese
iso-8859-7Greek
gb2312Simplified Chinese
iso-8859-5
or
koi8-r
Cyrillic
so-2022-kr
or
euc-kr
Korean
iso-8859-2Eastern or Central European Languages


Why use iso-8859-1 instead of us-ascii ?
The iso-8859-1 charset is an expanded version of the us-ascii one. It contains all of the same characters plus the special ones such as ® Ø ¥
CHARSET
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