Encoding Usage Statistics

Statistics for websites using Encoding technologies

UTF-8
ISO/IEC 8859
GB 2312
Shift JIS
GBK
Windows-1256
Big5
UTF-16/UCS-2

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Name 10k 100k Million Entire Web
UTF-8 7,538 78,668 1,027,719 62,363,265
ISO/IEC 8859 429 7,360 170,499 9,830,701
GB 2312 2 187 15,757 2,001,630
Shift JIS 1 170 15,986 693,380
Windows-1256 0 42 2,891 20,333
GBK 0 80 6,065 405,467
Big5 0 28 1,852 55,172
UTF-16/UCS-2 0 3 452 6,059

Encoding refers to the character encoding used to describe the page. BuiltWith can detect this as it is typically described at the top of the page or from within meta tags. Telling the browser what character encoding is being used allows the browser to render the correct characters on the screen, it also is the reason why visiting a Chinese language website will render in Chinese characters and not a Western character set and vice versa.

The majority of the top internet sites use UTF-8 encoding, a Unicode standard which is required by all internet protocols to be identifiable.

Get lists of websites using technologies under Document Encoding.

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