CSS2 » Other » @charset

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@charset "charset";

The @charset at-rule allows you to designate a character set be used with an HTML document.

Note that the @charset at-rule can ONLY appear in an external style sheet file. It cannot appear inside a style element embedded inside an HTML document.
The W3C officially defines the character sets at:
The syntax for an at-rule is an @ symbol, followed immediately by an unique identifier, which in turn is followed by the block which contains content that is applied on a document level. The block syntax is either:

  • all content contained between a pair of curly brackets,
  • or is all content contained between the unique identifier and a semi-colon.
There are five at-rules: @charset, @font-face, @import. @media, and @page.
The mandatory charset component is the name of the character set enclosed between a pair of double quotes.


@charset "ISO-8859-6"

This example shows how the character set for Arabic is designsted.

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