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I'm certain I started another page somewhere with some HTML entities on it — must have called them something else.

HTML entities (if I have the right terminology) are things like &mdash;, &lt;, &gt;, &copy; that let you display symbols like —, <, >, © in HTML. If you tried to enter those symbols directly, you would either find that you don't have a key (on your keyboard) that generates them, or you would find that they do not appear on the page because they mean something special to HTML. For example, all HTML markup is enclosed in angle brackets, thus, if you typed something like "<you can't see this>" without the "entities" for the angle brackets you would see this: "".

Sometimes HTML entities can (or need to be) entered as a sequence of numbers. For example, &#124; is useful for displaying the pipe character "|" in a TWiki table. _A "real" pipe in a TWiki table is interpreted as a cell delimiter, and will not appear as desired.


  • Find the other WikiLearn page with HTML entities and combine with this page.
  • Wander off into things like ASCII (character?) escapes in Linux and sgml, xhtml, xml, and other markups and whether HTML entities are the same in those languages. (Maybe need a table of the entities in different languages?)

I've got a little bit of a memory coming back to me — that other page linked to a table of entities (on some other website).




&#124; — needed in a TWiki table.


  • () RandyKramer - 25 Apr 2003
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Topic revision: r1 - 2003-04-25 - RandyKramer
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