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  • Which charset to use ?

    I have noticed that I have been using this
    in my metatags:

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">

    However looking at other peopls websites, I usually this:

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

    This site uses:
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />

    What are the reasons for choosing one or the other ?

    Is one of them somehow "better" ?

    Thanks for any insights on this
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  • #2
    Originally posted by jeddi View Post
    What are the reasons for choosing one or the other ?
    utf-8 allow to use non-english chars and symbols, iso-8859-1 is extended ascii. This is the main difference.

    best regards

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    • #3
      Does it matter if one page on my website uses
      charset=UTF-8

      and another uses charset=iso-8859-1 ?

      Any other reasons for chosing one over the other ?

      What does iso-8859-1 have
      that UTF-8 doesn't ?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jeddi View Post
        Does it matter if one page on my website uses
        charset=UTF-8

        and another uses charset=iso-8859-1 ?
        no it's not a problem,

        Any other reasons for chosing one over the other ?

        What does iso-8859-1 have
        that UTF-8 doesn't ?
        any char in iso-8859-1 is a 1 byte char in utf-8. I guess is better to read this:

        http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/unicode.html

        best regards

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