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

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--- Comment #7 from Nick Levinson <Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com>  2009-09-12 21:24:32 ---
>> Google doesn't use
If Google doesn't ever use meta keywords, why did testing come up positive and
why did they insert them into their own pages? They use them at least
sometimes. Maybe they fear encouraging their misuse so they don't talk about
them, but still use them. Keywords fill a necessary function and there's no
equivalent. Engines can ignore abuse-prone patterns. Tags on their own pages
suggest proper use.

> Adding terms from Dublin Core
I gave up on Dublin Core, and plan to not have it in revised pages, despite the
potential value of Library of Congress Subject Headings. Apparently, at least
last April-May, DC was for specialized search engines and expansion into
Google's space was not in DCMI's plans. It's also complicated and
time-consuming, especially for non-XML authors, and LCSH is high-maintenance
due to revisions. I asked DCMI to support HTML5 by reserving DC keywords, but I
haven't heard back. If we want the DC system even if DCMI isn't interested, an
easier solution is to incorporate the whole DC system by a single reference in
the WHAT WG wiki to the DC website (DublinCore.org), saving you a lot of entry
and maintenance, only reserving the DC prefix so non-DC names are not proposed
with the same prefix.

Thanks.

-- 
Nick


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