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    html symbols for seo

    To represent inches by use of a symbol, what is the way to go for seo/indexing purposes among these three choices:

    &#8243 // http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/sgml/entities.html

    "
    "

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    Am already using on same page:

    &#189 // represents 1/2 fraction

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    I'm intrigued as to why you think this is an SEO question...

    For a start, when people search, they almost invariably use words, and for a small proportion of advanced users may also use search operators such as " - : but I can't see people searching for non-alphanumeric symbols very often.

    For a second, as long as your code is correct (ie, you aren't using UTF8 characters in an ISO8859-1 document and you aren't using named entities in an XHTML document), I can't believe that it makes any difference. Named entities, hexed entities and literal characters are all absolutely equivalent.

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    The concern is about the relation to the meaning as an inches abbreviator.

    Are all equally representative as the others for specifically infering an inches value, etc.
    Does the " (end quotation) in particular have the innate quality of the others in terms of denoting measurement data, etc

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    Given that &#8243 is listed as meaning inches and " is listed as a quotation mark, I would say that if you want to be sure it's recognised as meaning inches, you should use the one that's specified as meaning inches.


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