Is your store website an international superstar? If so, you may not realize that some special characters aren’t showing up on your site correctly for visitors who speak different languages — for example, currency symbols.
This issue is often the result of the characters being rendered using a character encoding type that cannot properly display them. If that sounds confusing and complicated, don’t worry. We have you covered with an easy fix.
Issues with Character Encoding Types
Computer systems and web browsers use a variety of character encoding methods. Think of them as a special language computers use to translate our language that we type into them as text to display on our websites. Some may be unable to display special characters using different character encoding standards. In other words, they don’t speak that language!
For example, a web browser configured to use the ASCII character encoding standard (the default standard for North American-based computer operating systems and applications) may be unable to properly display some characters created using the Shift-JIS encoding standard (an encoding method used by operating systems and applications for the Japanese language).
If that’s confusing code talk to you, don’t worry. All you need to know is that because the internet is a global environment, it can be challenging to manage the way a web page is displayed to international visitors. Your website needs to be able to speak all languages.
You can resolve many of these incompatibility issues by using special character HTML codes to represent symbols often found in text (e.g. currency, copyright and trademark symbols, etc.). Since HTML is standard for any browser in any language, using these special HTML codes should allow characters to render properly, regardless of character encoding type.
HTML Codes for Special Symbols
Visit www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes for a comprehensive list of HTML codes that can be used to render special characters. Additionally, here is a list of HTML codes that can be used to render common international currency symbols:
Currency: US Dollar
HTML Code: $
HTML Code: €
HTML Code: £
Currency: Japanese Yen
HTML Code: ¥
You can substitute any of the above symbols with its associated 5- to 6-character HTML code and the symbol will render properly when viewed through any modern web browser.