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character encode

The only thing that can come before an @import statement in a CSS stylesheet is an @charset statement.

@charset statement specifies the character encoding used by the stylesheet.

The following code demonstrates how to specify the UTF-8 encoding.

              @charset  "UTF-8";
          @import "styles.css";
          span  {
              border: medium black dashed;
              padding:  10px;

If you don't specify a type of character encoding, the browser will use the encoding specified in the HTML document that loaded the stylesheet.

If there is no encoding specified for the HTML document, UTF-8 will be used by default.