Encoding Usage Statistics

Statistics for websites using Encoding technologies

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

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Name 10k 100k Million Entire Web
UTF-8 7,790 76,921 679,095 102,348,899
ISO/IEC 8859 238 4,233 36,625 11,492,449
GB 2312 2 38 3,836 34,162,950
GBK 1 12 2,068 1,520,724
UTF-16/UCS-2 1 10 69 18,828
Windows-1256 0 7 591 21,162
Shift JIS 0 21 2,596 777,730
Big5 0 8 532 73,445

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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