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Re: Meta Data & Search Engines

From: André (小山) Schappo <A.Schappo@lboro.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:53:47 +0000
Message-Id: <79733F40-172C-408F-8B5D-81CBA87B7C34@lboro.ac.uk>
To: www-international@w3.org

The address of my IDNs page is

<http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~coas/international-computing/IDNs.html>
or
<http://国际化域名.lboro.ac.uk/>

André

On 11 Feb 2009, at 19:34, Suzanne Topping wrote:

> What is the URL of the site? I'd like to check out the rest of the  
> head tags.
>
> Having more than one description tag can be a search engine no-no.
>
> What did you do with the title tag?
>
>
> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-request@w3.org 
> ] On Behalf Of "André (??) Schappo"
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 1:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Meta Data & Search Engines
>
> Apart from putting in the meta descriptions I did also at the same  
> time change the header. I now see the new header in the search  
> results when I search with google for my IDNs page. So I assume that  
> google has crawled my page.
>
> I was expecting/hoping/assuming that when I have my browser set to  
> english then I would see ""André Schappo's Internationalized Domain  
> Names (IDNs) Page" in the google search results listing
>
> And that when I have my browser set to Chinese that I would see "小 
> 山的国际化域名网页" in the google search results listing.
>
> As per my meta descriptions:
>
> <meta name="description" xml:lang="en" lang="en" content="André  
> Schappo's Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Page" />
> <meta name="description" xml:lang="zh" lang="zh" content="小山的国 
> 际化域名网页" />
>
> My page does appear in the google search results listing but my meta  
> descriptions do not.
>
> But I do not know what the expected behaviour of the Search Engines  
> is or if there is even an expected behaviour with respect to  
> language tagged meta descriptions.
> Suzanne Topping
> BizWonk Inc. (Solutions for a Global E-conomy)
> www.bizwonk.com
>
> stopping@bizwonk.com
> Phone: 1 585.454.4210
> Fax: 1 585.454.4213
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> André
>
> On 11 Feb 2009, at 16:51, Suzanne Topping wrote:
>
>> What do you mean by "So far google, yahoo, baidu and sogou have not  
>> picked up on it or just ignored it."?
>>
>> I'm not sure how you are evaluating the SE's "response" but one  
>> thing to keep in mind is that the engines may not be indexing the  
>> site at all, may be bouncing off the site without indexing it when  
>> it tries to, or just hasn't gotten back to your site since the last  
>> time it was spidered. You might want to use the Google, Yahoo! and  
>> MSN site map submission utilities to ensure that each of these  
>> indices gets updated, and -then- evaluate their "response" to  
>> changes.
>>
>> Suzanne Topping
>> BizWonk Inc.
>> www.bizwonk.com
>>
>> stopping@bizwonk.com
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 7:26 AM, "André (小山) Schappo" <A.Schappo@lboro. 
>> ac.uk> wrote:
>>
>>
>> A couple of weeks ago I put the following into my IDNs page.
>>
>> <meta name="description" xml:lang="en" lang="en" content="André  
>> Schappo's Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Page" />
>> <meta name="description" xml:lang="zh" lang="zh" content="小山的 
>> 国际化域名网页" />
>>
>> So far google, yahoo, baidu and sogou have not picked up on it or  
>> just ignored it.
>>
>> Anyone know if search engines are (/should be) able to handle the  
>> different language meta descriptions? Are there recommendations/ 
>> standards on how search engines should handle them?
>>
>> Thank you
>>
>> André
>>
>>
>>
>> -- 
>> Suzanne Topping
>> stopping@rochester.rr.com
>> 585-208-2916
>
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