HTML meta: Main Tips
metatags, HTML metadata can be defined.
- In Greek, meta means beyond. Thus, metadata is not displayed on the web page: it is only parsable by the machine.
- Using the
metatag, keywords, descriptions, and other information can be specified for the page.
metatags must be placed inside the <head> element.
- You can use one or multiple
metatags in one document.
Using HTML meta Tags
The content between HTML
meta tags is supplementary information about a website which is not displayed in the page:
Metadata is useful in search engine optimization (SEO). Search engines use meta keywords to gather information about the content your website offers its users.
Note: you can also set the viewport using your meta tags to control the visible page areas. However, not every browser supports that.
Tag-specific Attributes for <meta>
charset sets the character encoding for the webpage:
Tip: defining character encoding helps prevent cross-scripting attacks. You should use UTF-8 or another ASCII-compatible encoding.
name sets a name for the metadata (e.g., meta
<meta name="description" content="Learn to code">
http-equiv defines a pragma directive. All the possible values have the same names as certain HTTP headers (i.e.,
refresh), hence the name:
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="30">
content defines the value for the
<meta name="description" content="Learn to code"> <meta name="keywords" content="HTML, HTML Meta Tag">
scheme used to set the context in which the value of the
content attribute should have been interpreted (a format):
<meta name="date" content="2019-08-04" scheme="YYYY-MM-DD">
Note: the scheme attribute has been made obsolete in HTML5.
Mobile browser support
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