Re: MCF's new implementation (via XML)

Jordan Reiter (jreiter@mail.slc.edu)
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 11:27:51 -0400


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Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 11:27:51 -0400
To: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>, www-html@w3.org
From: Jordan Reiter <jreiter@mail.slc.edu>
Subject: Re: MCF's new implementation (via XML)

At 9:47 AM -0400 6/16/97, Benjamin Franz wrote:
>It *does* matter. Even as simple a META data schema as the one developed
>by Sandia National Labs has been badly corrupted in practice. The ORIGINAL
>specification calls for FOUR META elements:
>
><meta name="description" content="">
><meta name="keywords" content="Internet, net">
><meta name="resource-type" content="document">
><meta name="distribution" content="global">
>
>In practice this has been stripped down to:
>
><meta name="description" content="">
><meta name="keywords" content="Internet, net">
>
>*Because users didn't understand the rest*

I don't think this is true.  I think this is because a) Most HTML
specification talks only about those two listed; people first learning the
META tag generally are only given these two as options (check most beginner
documentation).  Secondly, most authors, myself included, see that other
two types as unnecessary.  The "resource-type" listing, if it really is as
simplified as "document", seems silly.  *All* of my HTML pages are going to
be documents; I haven't yet figured out how to add Meta-data to a zucchini
or tugboat, let alone shove it on the Net.  And the distribution tag,
again, seems to be very basic.  This corruption occured through a
combination of misinformation *not* because of misunderstanding.

I guarantee it.  If uses are led to understand the importance of meta-data,
and are given simple, understandable categories like:
NAME="Description"
NAME="Keywords"
NAME="Author"
NAME="Lang"
etc., then they will use it.

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