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What Is an HTML Encoder?

HTML encoders convert special characters into HTML code, which is read by Internet browsers.
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A hyper text markup language (HTML) encoder is an application that is used to convert special characters into the HTML code that is needed to be read by an Internet browser. In general, special code for HTML is used to avoid misleading errors that involve the same symbols. An HTML encoder will have the special character inputted and convert it to the HTML version. For example, arrows are used by Internet browsers to do special task, so a special type of code, called an escape code, is used to make arrows. A common use of an HTML encoder is within an HTML editor application.

By typing into an HTML editor, the process of normal coding is automated, and a code for the browser is correctly written with the help of a built-in HTML encoder. Most web platforms use an HTML editor to convert what is typed into code for browsers to read. Even common web experiences, such as filling out a form, uses some type of built-in HTML encoder. Learning HTML is mostly done by skilled web designers, so learning it to fill out forms on the Internet would be impractical.

Writing large amounts of HTML code has become nearly obsolete because of HTML encoders. Typing in special codes for spaces and calling locations to add a picture requires good knowledge of scripting and programming. A website design might not be using an HTML encoder but probably has the option available.

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There are several types of encoders. Most are general HTML encoders that encode what is typed, but some are for special applications only. The basic encoders transform HTML programming into a word processor experience by converting extra coding with the push of a button. Special encoders can do a variety of tasks, and some can even help produce web content.

Many kinds of programming languages can do the same processes. Some encoders change code from one language to another. These are used to convert and combine several programming languages into one. Sometimes a programmer will change the HTML code to another language to hide it from users. This is called decoding.

HTML is not a traditional programming language. It only sets up and organizes the page so that a browser software can read it. Using encoders that have multilingual capability changes the ways encoders are used. It is possible to have the encoder of a gaming website create the code needed to copy the same game to another website. Encoding applications reduce the amount of learning that is required to interact with the Internet.

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