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

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:13:43 +0200
Message-ID: <4A8BC247.2010103@gmx.de>
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
bugzilla@wiggum.w3.org wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6853
>            Summary: restore meta keywords, search engines use them
>            Product: HTML WG
>            Version: unspecified
>           Platform: All
>                URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/
>         OS/Version: All
>             Status: NEW
>           Severity: normal
>           Priority: P2
>          Component: HTML 5: The Markup Language
>         AssignedTo: mike@w3.org
>         ReportedBy: Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com
>          QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
>                 CC: public-html@w3.org
> The meta element for name="keywords" has recently been demoted to being a
> failed proposal, presumably thus not to be allowed under HTML5. I disagree and
> suggest the status be restored to that of a proposal. Search engines use it and
> for good reason.
> ...

I noticed that this bug is in state "resolved", with "keywords" being 
added as "proposed" to the meta extensions wiki page.

I don't think that's sufficient. "keywords" is not an extension, but 
something that was present in HTML4, and is widely documented and used.

If it is mis-used and thus ignored by search engines, we should back 
that up with research, and then potentially document the issue in the spec.

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 09:14:26 UTC

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