It is always recommended that you use the HTML escape sequences for any unusual characters, e.g. £ instead of using a pound sign (£) directly. One reason for this is that the characters you use directly will depend on the character set you are using and may be different on different browsers, or simply missing. Using the escape sequence should always work if the character is available. However, if you do wish to use any direct character coding at all, the web server defines all text/* format files using character set UTF-8 which is widely supported by browsers.