Re: Meta Tag - proposal (suggestions ???)

Jon Wallis (j.wallis@wlv.ac.uk)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 15:17:59 +0000


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Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 15:17:59 +0000
To: Robert Hazeltine <rhazltin@zeppo.nepean.uws.edu.au>
From: Jon Wallis <j.wallis@wlv.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Meta Tag - proposal (suggestions ???)
Cc: www-html@w3.org

At 00:51 17/11/95 +1000, you wrote:
>Jon
>
>On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, Jon Wallis wrote:
>
>> What about a META element for "subject classification" - using the Dewey
>> Decimal or Universal Decimal system?
>This suggestion is a bit off the mark, for a number of reasons.  I work 
>in a library and appreciate that what you propose, Jon would solve a lot 
>of problems. Attempts in the past to get some agreement of what 
>should be used for indexing and searching have not been very successful, 
>mainly I suspect because the requirement has been vague and unwieldy and 
>tried to encompass too much.
>
>There is a group of librarians in the US somewhere (I can't recall off hand) 
>who have put together a list of meta data called the _Dublin Core_.  It's 
>just too complicated for ordinary, non librarians to handle, and even 
>they need a reality check as they seem to want to re-invent  marc.
>
>On the other hand I do not think it too much for a HTML author to 
>identify and index/keyword his/her document - pretty much the same as 
>printed material.  Keep it simple so that authors who only need to learn 
>simple HTML can management to have their documents located more easily on 
>the WWW.

Yes - my view is that if someone can write HTML properly (i.e., use it
to encode the semantics of a document's structure rather than as DTP) then
they can certainly add a classmark to the document.  The Web *is*
publishing, but there's no requirement to author's to supply any meta-data
about their document as is the case with some other forms of publishing.

How about somewhere becoming a "copyright library" for the Web?  Web authors
would be required to supply their URL to this site, which would then
classify and catalogue the page (for fee).
<take tongue out of cheek>

>Leave cataloging to the librarians if they want to put it into a 
>collection.

Fair enough - I certainly wouldn't contend that classification doesn't
require a high level of skill.
--
Jon Wallis         Senior Lecturer in Information Systems Engineering
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