Google – Something Strange – Decimal Characters and HTML
Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on January 24, 2008
I noticed something very strange today(atleast strange for me). While i was looking at some XML WebMessage code in BI EE, i noticed the usage of some decimal HTML codes like . Well i thought i would search for them in Google to find out what exact HTML characters they point to. I know for a fact that they are actual decimal character references for special characters in HTML. But when i wanted to search for them in Google, all i got was their actual characters. If you are not sure what i mean look at the screenshots below or enter in your Google search. All i wanted was to list all the pages that had reference to this decimal character .
But all i got was an apostrophe i.e the actual HTML character to which this decimal character reference pointed to. I tried this in other search engines and they dont seem to have a problem displaying these special characters. Is this expected? Well, if you are wondering how to search for these characters then just search for them without their semi-colons. This website here has more details on these special characters