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Meta Tags
The META tag is another form of the COMMENT tag, but it does much more. It helps organize and catagorize your page(s). META tags are used in the HEAD area of your code.

<meta name=" " content=" ">

Using an HTML editor such as Microsoft Word or Front Page Express, some META tags will be inserted automatically. These are descriptions of what program was used to create the web page. Web browsers and search engines ignore these "advertisement" META tags.

<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Front Page Version 500">

The most common META tags are keywords and descriptions for search engines. If a web page is submitted to a search engine, the META tags are used to help categorize and create a search for the site.

The KEYWORDS META tag is a comma separated list of words that relate to the web page. 10 words are usually more than enough for this tag. The maximum content should be under 1000 characters.

<meta name="Keywords" content="WordOne, WordTwo, WordThree, ETC">

The DESCRIPTION tag is a short sentence summarizing the web page. Some search engines post this description with the site address. The maximum content should be under 1000 characters.

<meta name="Description" content="A brief sentence about your web page">

Other useful METAs ...

AUTHOR - To include your name.
COPYRIGHT - To prevent copying of your work.

<meta name="author" content="David">
<meta name="copyright" content="Copyright , 1999 HTMlite">

ROBOTS - To control search engine indexing.

<meta name="robots" content="Noindex, Nofollow">

ROBOTS (or spiders) are mini programs used by search engines. They span out looking for pages to add to the engine's index. Leaving the ROBOTS META tag out will automatically let the robot find your page and index it. The only use for the META, as the above example shows, is to prevent a page from being found and indexed.

NOINDEX tells the robot not to add the current page to it's index. NOFOLLOW tells the robot not to follow the links on the page for indexing purposes.

REFRESH - Commonly used as a re-direction.

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="10;url=http://www.someplace.com/">

After a specified amount of time, the browser window will REFRESH itself and link over to a given URL. Note the use of http-equiv instead of NAME. REFRESH tells the browser to re-new the window. 10 is a specified number of seconds to wait before the REFRESH. It is followed by a semi-colon. URL states the target URL or page to link to when the REFRESH happens.
Meta Tags
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