Re: meta/@name=description

On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Julian Reschke<> wrote:
> Hi,
> a few days ago, I came across a discussion about meta/@name=description and
> how it's used by search engines to provide a summary
> (<>).
> Contrary to what some people said, using it doesn't seem to be a waste of
> time, as it *is* being used to generate a summary in the search results.
> And, at least with the documents I am producing, it fails to generate a good
> one automatically.
> A drawback is that it uses hidden metadata, and, even worse, is likely to
> duplicate information from the page. It seems what's needed is to markup the
> page so that a consumer can actually locate the description inside the page.
> One way to do that would be a link relation, for instance:
> <link rel="description" href="#desc"/>
> ...
> <div id="desc">
>  <h2>Abstract</h2>
>  <p>
>    ...description text...
>  </p>
> </div>
> Feedback appreciated,

OTOH, a robot could ask a server to send only the <head> part of a
webpage to get these infos.

Olivier G.

Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 12:52:31 UTC