What in the world is an “&” command?
Ampersand commands (“&” is pronounced “ampersand”) are quite useful, especially to me. I use them all over these HTML tutorials to create the characters not found on the keyboard or to make command characters show up on the page.
What I Mean
Let’s say you want a copyright insignia. Well, there isn’t any copyright on the keyboard. That means you’ll need to either create it as a graphic or use an “&” command to place it. Have you also noticed that all over my pages I show HTML commands like <HTML>? Don’t you find that strange seeing as if I enclose HTML in < > brackets that it shouldn’t show up on the page?
What I am doing is using an “&” command to create the greater-than and less-than sign.
Here’s How It Works
Your browser reads commands inside of greater-than and less-than brackets. But did you know it also reads commands inside of an “&” and “;” (semicolon) insignia? Well, it does.
Those who create the HTML code have created a slew of these commands that sit inside of an “&” and a “;”. All you need to know is the little three- or four-letter code that goes between the “&” and the “;” and you’ll be placing little insignias all over your page.
Here They Are
Below is a chart showing as many “&” commands as I could find. Remember: You do not place these codes inside of < and > commands. These just sit as they appear in the chart below. They always begin with an “&” and end with a “;”.
Each chart cell is set up with the “&” command, as it should appear on your page, and then what the command created below. Like so:
Capitalization Counts Here!