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Meta tags, 2005

Meta tags are used to provide information about a web page to the servers and search engines that encounter it. They are placed inside the <head> and are invisible to the reader of the web page. There is no need to add meta tags to every single file in your site. Just choose a few representative ones such as the index.html's

The http-equiv attribute in a meta tag provides information that affects the way the browser handles your web page. Such things might be how often your web page is refreshed, when it's expiration date is and what character set to use to view it (western european characters verses japanese characters for example.)

The name attribute in a meta tag inserts information about the web page such as the author, copyright, description for search engine, keywords for search engine and rating to guide appropriate viewing. These are the types of meta tags that are described below.

Setting the meta tags in Dreamweaver

To view the meta tags while in the Split or Design editing mode, select View / Head Content. As you add meta tags to the web page, markers apprear at the top of the document window. If you click on them, the selection properties box will show you what the meta tags contain.

To insert meta tags into the <head> section of the web page, select Insert / HTML / Head tags and then select one of the following items.

Keywords - enter words that you want a search engine to categorize your web page by.
Example : frogs, webquest, online, web, lessons

Description - enter a short description of your web page that a search engine can use for its results page.
Example: This page introduces a 3rd grade lesson unit on frogs. The unit includes several hands on activities that require field trips to frog habitat areas.

Meta - enter these values with the appropriate content.

Attribute: Name
Value: author
Content: Jethro Bodine

Attribute: Name
Value: copyright
Content: 2004, Jethro Bodine

Attribute: Name
Value: rating
Content: general
(possible rating words are general, mature, restricted and 14 years)

Do a View / Source of this web page to see more examples of
meta tags.

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