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Re: <meta> tags and their practical use

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@niksula.hut.fi>
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2002 19:32:07 +0300
To: www-html@w3.org
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On Saturday, Aug 24, 2002, at 02:04 Europe/Helsinki, Toby Inkster wrote:

>>  Is there any remaining practical use of <meta>?
>
> With the http-equiv attribute, yes! Not everyone has the permission to 
> use .htaccess files and stuff, so the <meta> tag has its uses.

  * Trying to override the Content-Type via <meta> is bogus. It comes 
too late.
  * Overriding the character encoding via <meta> is useless in XHTML 
2.0, because the issue is
    handled at the XML level.
  * Trying to do cache control via <meta> is delusional, because proxies 
don't see the <meta> tags.
  * Refresh isn't a real HTTP header anyway.

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Henri Sivonen
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