HTML - Arabic Support

You not only have to put the meta tag, telling that it is UTF-8 but really make the document UTF-8. You can do that with good editors (like notepad++) by converting them to "unicode" or "UTF-8 without BOM". Than you can simply use arabic characters

As this page is UTF-8, here are some examples (I hope I don't write anything rude here): شغف

If you use a server side scripting language make sure that it does not output the page in a different encoding. In PHP e.g. you can set it like this:

header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8');

This is the answer that was required but everybody answered only part one of many.

  • Step 1 - You cannot have the multilingual characters in unicode document.. convert the document to UTF-8 document

advanced editors don't make it simple for you... go low level...
use notepad to save the document as meName.html & change the encoding
type to UTF-8

  • Step 2 - Mention in your html page that you are going to use such characters by

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8">
  • Step 3 - When you put in some characters make sure your container tags have the following 2 properties set

  • Step 4 - Get the characters from some specific tool\editor or online editor like i did with


<p dir="rtl" lang="ar" style="color:#e0e0e0;font-size:20px;">رَبٍّ زِدْنٍي عِلمًا</p>

NOTE: font type, font family, font face setting will have no effect on special characters

The W3C has a good introduction.

In short:

HTML is a text markup language. Text means any characters, not just ones in ASCII.

  1. Save your text using a character encoding that includes the characters you want (UTF-8 is a good bet). This will probably require configuring your editor in a way that is specific to the particular editor you are using. (Obviously it also requires that you have a way to input the characters you want)
  2. Make sure your server sends the correct character encoding in the headers (how you do this depends on the server software you us)
  3. If the document you serve over HTTP specifies its encoding internally, then make sure that is correct too
  4. If anything happens to the document between you saving it and it being served up (e.g. being put in a database, being munged by a server side script, etc) then make sure that the encoding isn't mucked about with on the way.

You can also represent any unicode character with ASCII