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The META element conveys hidden information about the document, both to the server and to the client's broswer that downloads the document. The element is also used to embed document information that some search engines use for indexing and categorizing documents on the World Wide Web (WWW).
More than one META element may be included in a document and all elements are nested inside the HEAD element. The purpose of each element is defined by its attributes.
The <meta> tags are placed directly under the <title> tag & is used by search engines to find out the information about the page. These would be typical meta tags:
This tells the search engine what type of Fonts you using. E.G. Western (English), Russian, Japanese, Etc. Etc. Etc.
Here’s a Basic List of the Standard Languages Supported.
iso-8859-1 Western European: Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, German, Greenlandic, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latin, Luxemburgish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swedish.
iso-8859-2 Eastern European: Albanian, Croatian, Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Latin, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian.
iso-8859-3 Southeastern European: Afrikaans, Catalan, Dutch, English, Esperanto, German, Italian, Maltese, Spanish, Turkish.
iso-8859-4 Northern European: Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greenlandic, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Sámi, Slovenian, Swedish.
iso-8859-5 Eastern European: Cyrillic-based: Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian.
iso-8859-9 Western European: Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Cornish, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latin, Luxemburgish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
iso-8859-10 Northern European: Danish, English, Estonian, Faeroese, Finnish, German, Greenlandic, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Latin, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Sámi, Slovenian, Swedish.
iso-8859-13 Baltic Rim: English, Estonian, Finnish, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian.
iso-8859-14 Celtic: Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Cornish, Danish, English, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latin, Luxemburgish, Manx Gaelic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swedish, Welsh.
iso-8859-15 Western European: Albanian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Icelandic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latin, Luxemburgish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romanic, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swedish.
For more a comprehensive list I’d do a web search.
This give the search engine a list of name that it sores with the page URL so that when people type in a word to search for it can say this page has something on that subject.
This what you see under the site name on the search engine.
This is the rating you give your page for content.
This is the pages author.
Search engines recognize Comment Tags. You can use these to your advantage! For example:
If your website changes content regularly and you have hopefully visitors that come to your site on a regular basis and you want to ensure that your changes are visible to these visitors. Most browsers will cache webpages to speed up loading on each subsequent visit. With constantly changing content, this could be a problem for your regulars.
One solution is to use meta tags to prevent pages from being cached. In this way, every time someone visits your site, they will be getting the latest content delivered to their browser.
This simple line of code will tell the browser not to cache the page. This will slow down the loading of the page each time a revisit but has benefit is the displaying of the fresh content.
Pages that you may wish to exclude spiders from visiting include site administration areas, personal pages or password protected areas. For such pages you can use the following Meta Tags.
This code tells the robots not to index the page and not to follow the links that are on the page.
Another form of this tag would be:
This will tell the robots to not index this page but it is okay for them to follow the links within the page.
While the robots are supposed to obey these tags, it is important to remember that not all of them necessarily will. For more on robots. Click Here.
Have you ever followed a link, only to find a error message "File being requested cannot be found"?
If you have a page or section to your site that is no longer active so you too may be sending visitors that very same error message. To solve this, when you take a page off your site, replace it with an automatic refresh page that will send your vistitors in the right direction. A good way to do this automatically is to use the "Refresh" Meta Tag in the head section of the page. Here’s what the code looks like:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="5; URL= http://www./yourSite.com/thePage.html">
The number is the time in seconds for the Refresh to begin, while the URL is the page you wish to Refresh to. Don't stop there, though. You should also include a direct hyperlink to the page that visitors can click if they don't want to wait for the refresh action to take place.
For More on Auto Refresh, Click Here.
With the advent of IE6+, we have seen many changes to the way the browsers behave but one thing no one has really been able to call "beneficial" is that "image toolbar". You know that annoying thing that pops up on your site when you mouse over an image? The thing that hardly anyone wants it on their site; although there are sometimes it is useful.
However here’s how to get rid of the image bar from your pages either use a Meta Tag:
thats it hope it helped.