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Re: <meta> tags and their practical use

From: Brant Langer Gurganus <brantgurganus2001@cherokeescouting.org>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 10:22:43 -0500
Message-ID: <3D738243.7060201@cherokeescouting.org>
To: Rowland Shaw <Rowland.Shaw@crystaldecisions.com>
CC: "'Henri Sivonen'" <hsivonen@niksula.hut.fi>, www-html@w3.org

Rowland Shaw wrote:

>>>> Is there any remaining practical use of <meta>?
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>>>>
>>>With the http-equiv attribute, yes! Not everyone has the permission to 
>>>use .htaccess files and stuff, so the <meta> tag has its uses.
>>>      
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>>* Trying to do cache control via <meta> is delusional, because proxies 
>>  don't see the <meta> tags.
>>    
>>
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>But a delusional attempt can still be better than no attempt; As Toby
>already pointed out, not all content authors have the power to apply custom
>HTTP headers.
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>>* Refresh isn't a real HTTP header anyway.
>>    
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>True, but it's still widely supported, and a slightly more elegant solution
>to scripting.
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Also, when editing a local file, you do not get the headers sent by the 
HTTP server so the meta header clues the editor to what character set to 
use.

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