When working with HTML, you might occasionally encounter situations where you need to include a single quote (‘) within an attribute value or within the text displayed on the page. Unfortunately, simply typing the single quote character can cause issues as it is used to denote the start and end of attribute values. In this blog post, we will discuss how to escape single quotes in HTML to avoid any issues.
Why Escaping Single Quotes is Necessary
When HTML parsers encounter a single quote, they treat it as a delimiter for attribute values. For example, consider the following HTML snippet:
In this example, the single quote in the title attribute value would cause the parser to interpret the attribute value as I, which is not what was intended. To avoid this issue, we need to escape the single quote character.
Escaping Single Quotes in HTML
To escape a single quote in HTML, you can use the HTML entity ' or '. Here’s the corrected version of the previous example:
By using the HTML entity, we have successfully escaped the single quote character, and the attribute value will now be correctly interpreted as I’m an example link.
var text = ‘I\\’m an example text’;