meta content in foreign language ASCII

Discussion in 'HTML' started by GeeBay, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. GeeBay

    GeeBay Guest

    Hello,

    I'm doing description and keyword metatags for foreign language pages that
    contain letters with accents (non-english letters). when doing meta-tags
    containing this foreign-language info, is is proper to insert the acutal
    character, or the HTML code using the combo?

    thanks for any advice on this ...

    (ps, I assume same for <title> tag and <alt image> tag too?
    GeeBay, Jan 9, 2005
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  2. GeeBay

    Kris Guest

    In article <G06Ed.66189$dv1.10649@edtnps89>,
    "GeeBay" <> wrote:

    > I'm doing description and keyword metatags for foreign language pages that
    > contain letters with accents (non-english letters). when doing meta-tags
    > containing this foreign-language info, is is proper to insert the acutal
    > character, or the HTML code using the combo?


    Depending on whether you are using a relevant character encoding for the
    document, it doesn't matter much. You can use character references
    regardless of any encoding.

    > thanks for any advice on this ...
    >
    > (ps, I assume same for <title> tag and <alt image> tag too?


    Yes, but there is no <alt image> tag. You probably mean the image
    element which holds an alt attribute. You can use character references
    on some attributes too, like title, alt and summary.

    A recab of terminology..
    These are exaples of tags: <a>, </a>, <img>, <td>, </foo> (opening and
    closing tags mixed)
    This is an example of an element: <a href="foo">foobar</a> (opening +
    closing tags and its content)

    --
    Kris
    <> (nl)
    Kris, Jan 9, 2005
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  3. "GeeBay" <> wrote:

    > I'm doing description and keyword metatags for foreign language pages


    Why? It's usually worse than useless. Search engines generally ignore them
    or pay them very little attention (though there are still rumors that say
    that they punish for anything they regard as keyword spamming), but the
    "worse than" part comes from the fact that authors waste their time in
    writing the metanonsense _and_ rely on it, thereby failing to make the
    document's content proper search engine friendly (which is mostly the same
    as human friendly, especially blind human friendly).

    > that contain letters with accents (non-english letters). when doing
    > meta-tags containing this foreign-language info, is is proper to insert
    > the acutal character, or the HTML code using the combo?


    If you however write metababble, the same rules apply as to normal textual
    content, except of course that no tags are allowed. If accented letters as
    such work properly in normal text, they work in attribute values as well.

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    Jukka K. Korpela, Jan 9, 2005
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