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A document must not include both a “meta” element with an “http-equiv” attribute whose value is “content-type”, and a “meta” element with a “charset” attribute.

In order to define the charset encoding of an HTML document, both of these options are valid, but only one of them must appear in the document:

<!-- This is the preferred way -->
<meta charset="UTF-8">

<!-- This is the older way, also valid -->
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">

Read about specifying the character encoding

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