UTF-8 Survival at webtuesday.ch

Continuing with the theory that everyone lives in Zurich, doing a talk tonight: “Scripters UTF-8 Survival Guide”. More detail here – feel free to drop by (will post the slides tomorrow)

So this isn’t a complete spam post, a question…

If you’re using Unicode / UTF-8, do you still need HTML entities?

My view is here


With modern web browsers and widespead support for UTF-8, you don’t need htmlentities because all of these characters can be represented directly in UTF-8. More importantly, in general, only browsers support HTML’s special characters – a normal text editor, for example, is unaware of HTML entities. Depending on what you’re doing, using htmlentities may reduce the ability of other systems to “consume” your content.

Who wants to shoot that down?