Memory Alpha uses the UTF-8 character encoding for all pages. This allows the greatest flexibility for displaying international characters and other types of special symbols. In general, a wide range of characters is not absolutely necessary for Memory Alpha's purposes, but the option for using additional characters provides greater flexibility for future expansion, for example in adding mathematical formulas and the like.
Displaying articles in browsers
Most modern browsers have the ability to set dynamic fonts depending on the Unicode characters used, provided that the appropriate fonts are installed. You can use the following table to test your browser's ability to display Unicode characters.
|Unicode (hexadecimal)||Description||Browser output|
|A||Latin capital "A"||A|
|ß||Latin small sharp "S"||ß|
|Γ||Greek capital letter "Gamma"||Γ|
|з||Cyrillic small letter "ze"||з|
|ה||Hebrew letter "he"||ה|
|ج||Arabic letter "jeem"||ج|
|Ꭴ||Cherokee letter "u"||Ꭴ|
|⇥||Rightwards arrow to bar||⇥|
|か||Hiragana letter "ka"||か|
- Wikipedia: Unicode and HTML - contains links to tables which list all available UTF-8 characters and symbols
- Unicode Home Page: Charts - provides a collection of downloadable PDF files containing charts of various UTF character sets