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[Bug 6853] restore meta keywords, search engines use them

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Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2009 10:07:20 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #5 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-09-07 10:07:20 ---
(In reply to comment #3)
> - meta/@name=keywords is in HTML 4

That is irrelevant.

> - search engine documentation implies it is used

Google doesn't use it. Some search engines do, as described in the comments
above, but then search engines also use all kinds of other metadata names like
terms from Dublin Core, and we're not going to put all those in HTML5 either.

> So it appears that the burden of proof is on those who want it to be removed.

HTML5 started with a clean slate. The burden of proof is _always_ on the
request to add a feature.

> If we have solid research that shows that this is harmful (in that's it's
> almost always ignored, and usually used for spam), then the spec actually
> should include it and explain the problem.

I disagree; if it is harmful, or useless, or even not especially useful, then
it doesn't belong in the spec.

It is in the wiki; people can use it. We need a community to maintain the wiki
page, find or write specs defining the terms, reject or condone proposals, etc,
but that is needed independent of the HTML5 spec.

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