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  HTML allows you to insert special characters into your documents using entities. Entities begin with the & symbol, letters to represent the character, and then a semi-colon. For example, the copyright symbol would be © - which looks like - ©.

A popular use is of the   entity, which is the non-breaking space entity. This is useful for inserting into an empty table cell, so that the cell is then rendered as if it has content, thus maintaining its layout as intended.
Another useful one is " which produces " - as you should not use a quote mark in your document unless as an entity.
Here are some of the most common entities -
  • & - Ampersand (& symbol).
  • • - Bullet (•).(Explorer only)
  • © - Copyright symbol (©).
  • ° - Degree symbol (°).
  • &lt; - Less than or equal to (<).
  • &gt; - Greater than or equal to (>).
  • &frac12; - Fraction (half) (½);.
  • &frac14; - Fraction (quarter) (¼);.
  • &ecute; - Small e with acute (é).
  • &Ecute; - Capital E with acute (É).
  • &reg; - Registered trademark (®).
  • &trade; - Trademark (™).
There are plenty more entities, many of them tend to work in only one browser however (usually Explorer), so their potential is somewhat limited.

We'll now cover another advanced HTML feature - Meta tags.

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