HTML & Meta Tags

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Definition and Usage of Meta Tags :-

Meta data is the data about the web pages which provide the information of data which is in the website. The <meta> tag provides data about the HTML page with use of keywords. It’s not display on the website page. Meta tell the search engine about the web pages  with help of, keywords, author of the document, last modified, and other metadata.

They used by browsers,search engines or other web services.

HTML <meta> Tag

<meta charset=”UTF-8″>
<meta name=”description” content=”techno campus “>
<meta name=”keywords” content=”words with comas”>
<meta name=”author” content=”Education center”>

Tips and Notes

Note: <meta> tags should be in <head> element.

Note: name/value passed by metatag.

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The scheme of  attribute is not supported by HTML5.

HTML5 have attribute like charset, which is use to describe charset:

  • HTML 4.01: <meta http-equiv=”content-type” content=”text/html; charset=UTF-8″>
  • HTML5: <meta charset=”UTF-8″>

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In HTML the <meta> tag has no end tag.

In XHTML we are use to end the meta tag.


How to Define keywords for search engines:

<meta name=”keywords” content=”ae, asea, saas, assad, aaasadsa”>

How to Define a description of your web page:

<meta name=”description” content=”Free Web tutorials on HTML and CSS”>

How to  Define the author of a page:

<meta name=”author” content=”Hege Refsnes”>

How to  Refresh document every 30 seconds:

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”30″>


Attribute Value Description
charset character_set It Specifies the character for the HTML document
content text It Gives the value with the name attribute
http-equiv content-type
Provides an HTTP header for the information/value of the content attribute
name application-name
Specifies a name for the metadata

Global Attributes

The <meta> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

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