@charset CSS at-rule specifies the character encoding used in the style sheet. It must be the first element in the style sheet and not be preceded by any character; as it is not a nested statement, it cannot be used inside conditional group at-rules. If several
@charset at-rules are defined, only the first one is used, and it cannot be used inside a
style attribute on an HTML element or inside the
<style> element where the character set of the HTML page is relevant.
This at-rule is useful when using non-ASCII characters in some CSS properties, like
As there are several ways to define the character encoding of a style sheet, the browser will try the following methods in the following order (and stop as soon as one yields a result) :
- The value of the Unicode byte-order character placed at the beginning of the file.
- The value given by the
charsetattribute of the
Content-Type:HTTP header or the equivalent in the protocol used to serve the style sheet.
- Use the character encoding defined by the referring document: the
charsetattribute of the
<link>element. This method is obsoleted in HTML5 and must not be used.
- Assume that the document is UTF-8
@charset "UTF-8"; @charset "iso-8859-15";
- Is a
<string>denoting the character encoding to be used. It must be the name of a web-safe character encoding defined in the IANA-registry, and must be double-quoted, following exactly one space character (U+0020), and immediately terminated with a semicolon. If several names are associated with an encoding, only the one marked with preferred must be used.
@charset "UTF-8"; /* Set the encoding of the style sheet to Unicode UTF-8 */ @charset 'iso-8859-15'; /* Invalid, wrong quoting style used */ @charset "UTF-8"; /* Invalid, more than one space */ @charset "UTF-8"; /* Invalid, there is a character (a space) before the at-rule */ @charset UTF-8; /* Invalid, without ' or ", the charset is not a CSS
|CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of '@charset' in that specification.
|Feature||Chrome||Firefox (Gecko)||Internet Explorer||Opera||Safari|
|Basic support||2.0||1.5 (1.8)||5.5||9||4|
|Feature||Android||Firefox Mobile (Gecko)||IE Mobile||Opera Mobile||Safari Mobile|
|Basic support||2.1||1.0 (1.8)||5.5||10.0||4|
 Firefox 1.0 supported only an invalid syntax where the character encoding is not set between single or double quotes.
 From IE 5.5 to IE 7 included, IE also supported the invalid syntax where the character encoding is not set between single or double quotes.