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Re: a new value for <title> and other meta tags

From: Mark Gallagher <mark@cyberfuddle.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 12:44:02 +1000
Message-ID: <3D644FF2.7030106@cyberfuddle.com>
To: Lorenzo De Tomasi <lorenzo.detomasi@libero.it>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Lorenzo De Tomasi wrote:
> I have a proposal for the tag <title>.
> The actual situation is
> 
> 1. If I write this code
> 
> <html>
>     <head>
>         <title>Lorenzo De Tomasi</title>
>     </head>
> </html>
> 
> both the browsers MSIE and Netscape write "Lorenzo De Tomasi" as the title
> of the window
> 
> 2. If I want that the same title is written in the page I have to rewrite it
> in the body
> 
> <html>
>     <head>
>         <title>Lorenzo De Tomasi</title>
>     </head>
> 
>     <body>
>         <h>Lorenzo De Tomasi</h>
>     </body>
> </html>

<snip />

> My proposal is:
> 
> If I write this code
> 
> <html>
>     <head>
>     </head>
> 
>     <body>
>         <title>Lorenzo De Tomasi</title>
>     </body>
> </html>
> 
> every browser write "Lorenzo De Tomasi" as the title of the window and as
> text in the body. The advantage is that I must write it only one time.
> The same may be done with each meta, like author, description, copyright,
> etc.

<title> and <h> need not contain the same data.  What if the author 
wants to place different information in each?

I like the idea of displaying some metadata, though.  What if it were 
possible to "call" the contents of meta tags and link tags as desired, 
so you could have:

   <meta name="description" content="a foo with a bar and so on." />

Then somewhere in the body:

   <p>
   <use type="meta" src="description" />
   </p>

But that probably goes a bit beyond the scope of HTML.

<snip />

-- 
Mark Gallagher
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