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

From: Sampo Syreeni <decoy@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 00:42:29 +0300 (EEST)
To: <www-html@w3.org>
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On 2002-09-12, Etan Wexler uttered to www-html@w3.org:

>Now it is the responsiblity of user agent designers to give us user
>agents that process headings in an optimal manner (for example, adding
>the text of a heading to a document window's title bar).

Quite. Still, I think headings in content are quite a different thing from
headings in document head/metadata. Why? Because the online environment
often dictates approaches different from an all-paper one. In the latter,
one usually takes the first content heading as the document one. In the
former, at least I tend to take a different approach. Here what the user
sees contentwise is the least he needs to see, based on usual hypertext
semantics. As the document title, OTOH, I tend to set something meaningful
to someone popping up on the site from a search engine, or comparable
outside-context referrers. That way, headings in content are sensible in
context, while titles in document metadata (which is what <head/>
contains) belong more in the realm of out-of-band, identifying data.
Sampo Syreeni, aka decoy - mailto:decoy@iki.fi, tel:+358-50-5756111
student/math+cs/helsinki university, http://www.iki.fi/~decoy/front
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