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META tags:

Meta tags are used by search engines to help index your page using - keywords, define what the site is about and supply a description to the search engine spider and your browser, which saves the description when you add a site to your favorites, and META tags update pages based on time and can redirect a page to load another page using - refresh.

Keywords:

In early versions of browsers, you could influence the amount of attention or priority your site received from a search engine by loading your META tag with a lot of keywords relevant to your site, including repeating those words over and over again. Today's search engine are more opiate and in some cases ignore keywords.

To use keywords in a META tag, place the following code in the HEAD of the doc:

<META name="keywords" content="kitty cats, cat, lion, tiger, puma, jaguar">

• Name is the type of META tag and content is the info provided to the search engine.

Description:

<META name="description" content="All about Felines">

• Name is the type of META tag and content is the info provided to the search engine spider and browser favorites.

HTTP-EQUIV:

The refresh acts as timer for a page redirecting to another webpage or reloading a webpage. This META tag also goes in the HEAD of the HTML doc, but should be placed before the TITLE - the META tags using NAME can go after the TITLE. Refresh uses HTTP-EQUIV instead because its content will contain a url.

<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="4;URL=http://bgsu.edu">

• Content contains the number of seconds and a URL. In the above example, the refresh occurs after four seconds.

**You could put a refresh at the beginning of all your HTML page and the browser would cycle through the pages without the user clicking a link.**

Others:

<META name="author" content="your name">

<META name="generator" content="dreamweaver">

<META NAME="resource-type" content="document">

<META NAME="distribution" content="GLOBAL">

<META NAME="copyright" content="All contents copyright 2005 BGSU School of Art. All rights reserved.">

Ex:

<head>
<title>my page</title>

<META NAME="resource-type" content="document">
<META NAME="
distribution" content="GLOBAL">
<META NAME="
description" content="Welcome to Bowling Green State University School of Art">
<META NAME="
keywords" content="art, digital art, 2d art, 3d art">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="
Reply-to" content="me@bgnet.bgsu.edu">
<META NAME="
copyright" content="All contents copyright 2005 BGSU School of Art. All rights reserved.">
<META name="
author" content="laura rusnak">

<script></script>
<style></style>

</head>