How To Escape Single Quote In Html

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:

<a href=’’ title=’I’m an example link’>Click me</a>

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 &#39; or &apos;. Here’s the corrected version of the previous example:

<a href=’’ title=’I&#39;m an example link’>Click me</a>

Or alternatively:

<a href=’’ title=’I&apos;m an example link’>Click me</a>

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.

Escaping Single Quotes in JavaScript

If you need to escape single quotes within JavaScript code embedded in your HTML, you can use the backslash (\) character:

var text = ‘I\\’m an example text’;

In this example, the backslash (\) character is used to escape the single quote in the JavaScript string, and the output will be I’m an example text.


Escaping single quotes in HTML is essential to ensure that attribute values and displayed text are correctly interpreted by the parser. By using the appropriate HTML entities or escaping methods, you can easily include single quotes in your HTML and JavaScript code without causing any issues.