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Re: meta/@name=description

From: Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:51:31 +0200
Message-ID: <e2c275120908190551j25738175j44c680542e0394ae@mail.gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Julian Reschke<julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> a few days ago, I came across a discussion about meta/@name=description and
> how it's used by search engines to provide a summary
> (<http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20090817#l-607>).
> Contrary to what some people said, using it doesn't seem to be a waste of
> time, as it *is* being used to generate a summary in the search results.
> And, at least with the documents I am producing, it fails to generate a good
> one automatically.
> A drawback is that it uses hidden metadata, and, even worse, is likely to
> duplicate information from the page. It seems what's needed is to markup the
> page so that a consumer can actually locate the description inside the page.
> One way to do that would be a link relation, for instance:
> <link rel="description" href="#desc"/>
> ...
> <div id="desc">
>  <h2>Abstract</h2>
>  <p>
>    ...description text...
>  </p>
> </div>
> Feedback appreciated,

OTOH, a robot could ask a server to send only the <head> part of a
webpage to get these infos.

Olivier G.
Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 12:52:31 GMT

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