HTML Entities: Reserved characters in HTML should be replaced with character entities.

HTML character entities are used as a substitution of reserved characters in HTML. You can likewise replace characters that are absent on your keyboard by entities.

These characters are supplanted because a few characters are saved in HTML. HTML entities give a wide range of characters which can allow you to add icons, geometric shapes, mathematical operators, and so on

For instance: in the event that you use not exactly (<) or greater than (>) symbols in your content, the browser can mix them in with tags that is the reason character entities are used in HTML to show reserved characters.

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HTML Entities

A few characters are reserved in HTML.

In the event that you use the not exactly (<) or greater than (>) signs in your content, the browser might mix them with tags.

Character substances are used to show reserved characters in HTML.

A character entity resembles this:



To show a not exactly sign (<) we should write: &lt; &#60;

Benefit of using a entity name: An entity name is not difficult to recollect.

Disadvantage of using an entity name: Browsers may not support all entity names, but the support for entity numbers is good.

Non-breaking Space

A commonly used substance in HTML is the non-breaking space:  &nbsp;

A non-breaking space is a space that won’t break into new line.

Two words separated by a non-breaking space will stay together (not break into another line). This is handy when breaking the words may be troublesome.


• § 10

• 10 km/h

• 10 PM

Another normal use of the non-breaking space is to keep browsers from truncating spaces in HTML pages.

On the off chance that you write 10 spaces in your content, the browser will eliminate 9 of them. To add real spaces to your content, you can use the   character entity.

Some Useful HTML Character Entities

ResultDescriptionEntity NameEntity Number
non-breaking space&nbsp;&#160; 
less than&lt;&#60;
greater than&gt;&#62;
double quotation mark&quot;&#34;
single quotation mark (apostrophe)&apos;&#39;
®registered trademark&reg;&#174;

Note: Entity names are case sensitive.

Combining Diacritical Marks

A diacritical mark is a “glyph” added to a letter.

Some diacritical marks, similar to grave ( ̀) and intense ( ́) are called highlights.

Diacritical marks can seem both above and under a letter, inside a letter, and between two letters.

Diacritical marks can be used in mix with alphanumeric characters to deliver a character that is absent in the character set (encoding) used in the page.

Here are a few examples:


You will see more HTML symbols in the next chapter of this tutorial.

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