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How To Easily Set UTF-8 Encoding in HTML with meta charset

Read Time 1 mins | Written by: Kenneth Hough


UTF-8 is the most prevalent character encoding on the web today [1]. It's essential for ensuring that your website correctly displays texts from various languages. Setting UTF-8 encoding in your HTML5 documents is straightforward, thanks to the <meta charset> tag.

Using the <meta charset> to Set UTF-8

The UTF-8 character set is the most versatile and universally accepted encoding, making it an excellent choice for modern web development. To set UTF-8 encoding for your HTML documents, insert the following tag as the first element inside the <head> section:

<meta charset="UTF-8">

This simple line of code tells the browser to render your website's text using UTF-8 encoding, ensuring broad compatibility and correct display of diverse character sets.


The <meta charset> tag in HTML5 is a powerful tool that plays a crucial role in making your website accessible and visually appealing to a global audience. By using this simple line of code, you can ensure that your website supports multiple languages and displays diverse character sets accurately. It's a small step with a tremendous impact, allowing your website to be viewed and understood correctly by people all around the world.

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Kenneth Hough


I founded KeyQ in March of 2020 with the vision of helping businesses achieve the next level of success through delivering innovative and meaningful cloud solutions. Since its inception, I have worked with several businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities to design and build cloud applications that have helped streamline their business processes and reduce costs.

Prior to KeyQ, I was a medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. UAB is also where I worked on my doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Jessy Deshane and Dr. Victor Thannickal. During my doctoral work at UAB I was exposed to the “omics” and big data, which has influenced my career choice to develop data-driven analytics platforms in the cloud.

I also have to give a big shoutout to my undergraduate education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where I majored in biochemistry. WPI’s motto is “Lehr und Kunst,” which roughly translates to “Theory and Practice” or “Learning and Skilled Art.” WPI truly cherishes and upholds this pedagogy, which can be seen by the teaching styles and class sizes. The learning experience I had at WPI is unique and has shaped me to be who I am, being able to learn, practice and apply.

Personal Interests

I love to learn innovative technologies and try new things. I have a broad area of interests that include serverless architectures, machine learning, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, medical informatics, and financial technology. I am also working towards my CFA level 1 exam for 2021. Other interests and hobbies include traveling, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, camping and gardening!