Following my article on Is It Legal to Use Any Piece of Music, Image, or Article for my Website? And Other Questions on Copyright Relevant to Webmasters, I received a number of queries about how one can go about inserting the copyright symbol, ©, into a web page. This article briefly describes the procedure.
Since the method varies according to the web editor you're using, use the following links to skip ahead to the relevant section in this article. It's not necessary to read the other sections as the information in each section is presented independently of the others.
The simplest way to add the copyright symbol to a web page is to use an HTML character entity reference.
©" (without the quotes) where you want the copyright symbol, ©.
(For the curious, you can find out more about HTML character entity references in the main HTML tutorial dealing with text.)
As mentioned in my beginner's tutorial on Dreamweaver, you can insert the copyright symbol, ©, by selecting "Insert | HTML | Special Characters | Copyright" from the menu. That is, click the "Insert" menu. In the menu that pops out, click the "HTML" item, followed by the "Special Characters" item in the submenu that appears. Finally, click the "Copyright" item on the new submenu that is displayed.
The symbol will be inserted at the current cursor location in your document. Be sure to move your cursor to the place you want the symbol to appear before you click the menu.
Click "Insert | Characters and symbols" from the menu. That is, click the "Insert" item on the menu bar, followed by the "Characters and symbols" line in the submenu that appears. A dialog box with the title "Insert special characters" will pop up. Click "Basic Latin" in the top half of the window. Then scroll down a line or so to locate the "©" character. Click it once to select it. Then click the "Insert" button near the bottom of the window. Dismiss the dialog box by hitting the ESC key on your keyboard.
To insert the copyright symbol, ©, into your web page, do the following:
Move your cursor to the place on your web page where you want the symbol to appear.
Select "Insert | Characters and Symbols" from the menu. That is, click the "Insert" menu, and then select the "Characters and Symbols" item on the menu that appears.
Select the "Common Symbols" radio box in the dialog box that appears, if it is not already selected. Click the down arrow for the box labelled "Character:". A drop down box will appear, allowing you to select ©.
Once you've selected the character you want, click the "Insert" button. Finally, click the "Close" button.
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