Knowledge Base Articles » KB100211: Using HTML Character Entities to Prevent Tags from Being Interpreted by the Browser.
If you have ever tried
to display HTML code on a web page you will have come across the
problem of the browser interpreting your tags as opposed to displaying
lets say we want to show how to create a link from your web page
to another. If we just type the following in our HTML source,
we will not see the tags displayed:
Use the <a></a> tags to create a link to another page.
Use the tags to create a link to another page.
The answer is to use the specific character entity when writing your source.
A full list of the available characters and their entities can
be found here
. They are all
preceded by an ampersand, '&', and followed by a semi-colon,
';'. The character entity for the 'less than' symbol, for example,
is written thus:
and the entity for 'greater than' looks like this:
Therefore, if we want to write our original line so that the browser displays
it correctly, without interpreting the tags, we should write it
in our source as follows:
the <a></a> tags to create a link
to another page.