Building a webpage and want to use some universal Unicode? You just broke all iOS devices that will default special characters to their own stupid emojiis. But there is hope.

Take the ↩ character ( &#x21a9 ): "left arrow with hook" for example. It looks quite similar to the default Android back button found on millions of Samsung devices and is a perfect icon for blazingly fast web navigation without having to rely on bloated 3rd party web fonts. On iOS it appears as a stupid blue box with round corners in which a white arrow lives inside (smaller than your declared font size to boot!).

The fix is to include  ' &#xFE0E ' immediately after the Unicode character (less apostrophes) ' ↩&#xFE0E .'  This additional code will forbade that iPhone and iPad from using its own useless iconography keeping your site clean and consistent.

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