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HTML | DOM characterSet Property

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  • Last Updated : 13 Jul, 2022

The characterSet property is used to return the character encoding for the document at the time of parsing. It is the character set that has been used for the document rendering also the user can override the encoding. The characterSet property will return null if the document is created in memory.



Return Value: A String, representing the document’s character encoding



<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>DOM characterSet Property</title>
        h1 {
            color: green;
        h2 {
            font-family: Impact;
        body {
            text-align: center;
    <h2>DOM characterSet Property</h2>
<p>For returning the characterSet of the current URL,
      click on the button: </p>
    <button onclick="myFunction()">Try it</button>
    <p id="demo"></p>
   <!-- Script to get the characterSet -->
        function myFunction() {
            var x = document.characterSet;
            document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = x;


After clicking on the button: 

Supported Browsers: 

  • Google Chrome 1.0
  • Edge 12.0
  • Internet Explorer 9.0
  • Firefox 1.0
  • Opera 12.1
  • Safari 3.0


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