Hey there,

Today's post hearkens back to a post we ran back in December of 2007 regarding **publishing Perl, shell and other code on Blogspot**. The problem isn't really limited to blogspot.com, of course. Most sites that let you directly add content, and use a standard markup tagging system, have issues with many of the symbols found in **Linux** and **Unix** programming/shell **code**. I, personally, have gained a much deeper appreciation for bbcode, although it suffers from the same problems depending on what you want to "**really**" show on your page, just to a lesser degree.

The issue with publishing **code** in **HTML** (See, I'm going to stop kicking blogspot.com now ;) is that many of the symbols are the same as those used in the markup language itself. For instance, the < and **>** characters can't be written exactly as they appear when you're writing an **HTML** page to showcase your **code**, since all **HTML** tags (I believe ;) open with the **<** character and close with the **>** character. This can result in errors ranging from problems saving your posts to entire chunks of your **code** disappearing without any errors generated at all (the latter being the most disarming)

Obviously, I've been meaning to do this for a while (only 14 months from intent to action ;), but - for today - I've put together a list of common **HTML character entities** and how they should "**really**" be typed when you write your **HTML**. If I missed any, I'd love to hear from you, as I'd prefer for this to be a complete list, if that's at all possible :)**NOTE:** Not all of these may display correctly in your web browser, since some may not be in your native character-set. Most of the fancy stuff (Greek, foreign characters, etc) was found on **Elizabeth Castro's HTML XHTML Character Entity Page.** Please visit that site to ensure that the information found here hasn't been expanded upon, and give her the credit she deserves for compiling so many more characters than I could ever imagine having to type :)

Enjoy, and welcome back to the work week (hopefully, you're on vacation :)

Cheers,

BASIC CHARACTERS (REGULAR):

& is actually typed as: &

> is actually typed as: >

< is actually typed as: <

" is actually typed as: "

´ is actually typed as: ´

¸ is actually typed as: ¸

ˆ is actually typed as: ˆ

¯ is actually typed as: ¯

· is actually typed as: ·

˜ is actually typed as: ˜

¨ is actually typed as: ¨

° is actually typed as: °

÷ is actually typed as: ÷

½ is actually typed as: ½

¼ is actually typed as: ¼

¾ is actually typed as: ¾

≥ is actually typed as: ≥

≤ is actually typed as: ≤

− is actually typed as: −

² is actually typed as: ²

³ is actually typed as: ³

× is actually typed as: ×

¢ is actually typed as: ¢

¤ is actually typed as: ¤

€ is actually typed as: €

£ is actually typed as: £

¥ is actually typed as: ¥

¦ is actually typed as: ¦

• is actually typed as: •

© is actually typed as: ©

† is actually typed as: †

‡ is actually typed as: ‡

⁄ is actually typed as: ⁄

… is actually typed as: …

¡ is actually typed as: ¡

ℑ is actually typed as: ℑ

¿ is actually typed as: ¿

is actually typed as: ‎

— is actually typed as: —

– is actually typed as: –

¬ is actually typed as: ¬

‾ is actually typed as: ‾

ª is actually typed as: ª

º is actually typed as: º

¶ is actually typed as: ¶

‰ is actually typed as: ‰

′ is actually typed as: ′

″ is actually typed as: ″

ℜ is actually typed as: ℜ

® is actually typed as: ®

is actually typed as: ‏

§ is actually typed as: §

is actually typed as: ­

¹ is actually typed as: ¹

™ is actually typed as: ™

℘ is actually typed as: ℘

„ is actually typed as: „

« is actually typed as: «

“ is actually typed as: “

‹ is actually typed as: ‹

‘ is actually typed as: ‘

» is actually typed as: »

” is actually typed as: ”

› is actually typed as: ›

’ is actually typed as: ’

‚ is actually typed as: ‚

is actually typed as:  

is actually typed as:  

is actually typed as:

is actually typed as:  

is actually typed as: ‍

is actually typed as: ‌

SOMEWHAT IRREGULAR CHARACTERS:

Á is actually typed as: Á

á is actually typed as: á

Â is actually typed as: Â

â is actually typed as: â

Æ is actually typed as: Æ

æ is actually typed as: æ

À is actually typed as: À

à is actually typed as: à

Å is actually typed as: Å

å is actually typed as: å

Ã is actually typed as: Ã

ã is actually typed as: ã

Ä is actually typed as: Ä

ä is actually typed as: ä

Ç is actually typed as: Ç

ç is actually typed as: ç

É is actually typed as: É

é is actually typed as: é

Ê is actually typed as: Ê

ê is actually typed as: ê

È is actually typed as: È

è is actually typed as: è

Ð is actually typed as: Ð

ð is actually typed as: ð

Ë is actually typed as: Ë

ë is actually typed as: ë

Í is actually typed as: Í

í is actually typed as: í

Î is actually typed as: Î

î is actually typed as: î

Ì is actually typed as: Ì

ì is actually typed as: ì

Ï is actually typed as: Ï

ï is actually typed as: ï

Ñ is actually typed as: Ñ

ñ is actually typed as: ñ

Ó is actually typed as: Ó

ó is actually typed as: ó

Ô is actually typed as: Ô

ô is actually typed as: ô

Œ is actually typed as: Œ

œ is actually typed as: œ

Ò is actually typed as: Ò

ò is actually typed as: ò

Ø is actually typed as: Ø

ø is actually typed as: ø

Õ is actually typed as: Õ

õ is actually typed as: õ

Ö is actually typed as: Ö

ö is actually typed as: ö

Š is actually typed as: Š

š is actually typed as: š

ß is actually typed as: ß

Þ is actually typed as: Þ

þ is actually typed as: þ

Ú is actually typed as: Ú

ú is actually typed as: ú

Û is actually typed as: Û

û is actually typed as: û

Ù is actually typed as: Ù

ù is actually typed as: ù

Ü is actually typed as: Ü

ü is actually typed as: ü

Ý is actually typed as: Ý

ý is actually typed as: ý

ÿ is actually typed as: ÿ

Ÿ is actually typed as: Ÿ

ℵ is actually typed as: ℵ

∧ is actually typed as: ∧

∠ is actually typed as: ∠

≈ is actually typed as: ≈

∩ is actually typed as: ∩

≅ is actually typed as: ≅

∪ is actually typed as: ∪

∅ is actually typed as: ∅

≡ is actually typed as: ≡

∃ is actually typed as: ∃

ƒ is actually typed as: ƒ

∀ is actually typed as: ∀

∞ is actually typed as: ∞

∫ is actually typed as: ∫

∈ is actually typed as: ∈

⟨ is actually typed as: ⟨

⌈ is actually typed as: ⌈

⌊ is actually typed as: ⌊

∗ is actually typed as: ∗

µ is actually typed as: µ

∇ is actually typed as: ∇

≠ is actually typed as: ≠

∋ is actually typed as: ∋

∉ is actually typed as: ∉

⊄ is actually typed as: ⊄

⊕ is actually typed as: ⊕

∨ is actually typed as: ∨

⊗ is actually typed as: ⊗

∂ is actually typed as: ∂

⊥ is actually typed as: ⊥

± is actually typed as: ±

∏ is actually typed as: ∏

∝ is actually typed as: ∝

√ is actually typed as: √

⟩ is actually typed as: ⟩

⌉ is actually typed as: ⌉

⌋ is actually typed as: ⌋

⋅ is actually typed as: ⋅

∼ is actually typed as: ∼

⊂ is actually typed as: ⊂

⊆ is actually typed as: ⊆

∑ is actually typed as: ∑

⊃ is actually typed as: ⊃

⊇ is actually typed as: ⊇

∴ is actually typed as: ∴

Α is actually typed as: Α

α is actually typed as: α

Β is actually typed as: Β

β is actually typed as: β

Χ is actually typed as: Χ

χ is actually typed as: χ

Δ is actually typed as: Δ

δ is actually typed as: δ

Ε is actually typed as: Ε

ε is actually typed as: ε

Η is actually typed as: Η

η is actually typed as: η

Γ is actually typed as: Γ

γ is actually typed as: γ

Ι is actually typed as: Ι

ι is actually typed as: ι

Κ is actually typed as: Κ

κ is actually typed as: κ

Λ is actually typed as: Λ

λ is actually typed as: λ

Μ is actually typed as: Μ

μ is actually typed as: μ

Ν is actually typed as: Ν

ν is actually typed as: ν

Ω is actually typed as: Ω

ω is actually typed as: ω

Ο is actually typed as: Ο

ο is actually typed as: ο

Φ is actually typed as: Φ

φ is actually typed as: φ

Π is actually typed as: Π

π is actually typed as: π

ϖ is actually typed as: ϖ

Ψ is actually typed as: Ψ

ψ is actually typed as: ψ

Ρ is actually typed as: Ρ

ρ is actually typed as: ρ

Σ is actually typed as: Σ

σ is actually typed as: σ

ς is actually typed as: ς

Τ is actually typed as: Τ

τ is actually typed as: τ

Θ is actually typed as: Θ

θ is actually typed as: θ

ϑ is actually typed as: ϑ

ϒ is actually typed as: ϒ

Υ is actually typed as: Υ

υ is actually typed as: υ

Ξ is actually typed as: Ξ

ξ is actually typed as: ξ

Ζ is actually typed as: Ζ

↵ is actually typed as: ↵

↓ is actually typed as: ↓

⇓ is actually typed as: ⇓

↔ is actually typed as: ↔

⇔ is actually typed as: ⇔

← is actually typed as: ←

⇐ is actually typed as: ⇐

→ is actually typed as: →

⇒ is actually typed as: ⇒

↑ is actually typed as: ↑

⇑ is actually typed as: ⇑

♣ is actually typed as: ♣

♦ is actually typed as: ♦

♥ is actually typed as: ♥

♠ is actually typed as: ♠

◊ is actually typed as: ◊

, Mike

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