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Note the keywords "HTTP-EQUIV", "Name" and "Content" are case-insensitive. Their values are also case-insensitive.

Meta Tag: Author

The author's name.

Meta Tag: cache-control

HTTP 1.1. Allowed values = PUBLIC | PRIVATE | NO-CACHE | NO-STORE.
Public - may be cached in public shared caches
Private - may only be cached in private cache
no-Cache - may not be cached
no-Store - may be cached but not archived

The directive CACHE-CONTROL:NO-CACHE indicates cached information should not be used and instead requests should be forwarded to the origin server. This directive has the same semantics as the PRAGMA:NO-CACHE.
Clients SHOULD include both PRAGMA:NO-CACHE and CACHE-CONTROL:NO-CACHE when a no-cache request is sent to a server not known to be HTTP/1.1 compliant.
Also see EXPIRES.
Note: It may be better to specify cache commands in HTTP than in META statements, where they can influence more than the browser, but proxies and other intermediaries that may cache information.

Meta Tag: Content-Language

Example: CONTENT="en-US,fr">

Description: Declares the primary natural language(s) of the document. May be used by search engines to categorize by language.

Meta Tag: CONTENT-TYPE

Example:

Description: The HTTP content type may be extended to give the character set. It is recommended to always use this tag and to specify the charset.

Meta Tag: Copyright

Example:

Description: A copyright statement.

Meta Tag: DESCRIPTION

Example: CONTENT="...summary of web page...">

Description: The text can be used when printing a summary of the document. The text should not contain any formatting information. Used by some search engines to describe your document. Particularly important if your document has very little text, is a frameset, or has extensive scripts at the top.

Meta Tag: Expires

Example: CONTENT="Mon, 22 Jul 2002 11:12:01 GMT">

Description:
The date and time after which the document should be considered expired. An illegal EXPIRES date, e.g. "0", is interpreted as "now". Setting EXPIRES to 0 may thus be used to force a modification check at each visit.
Web robots may delete expired documents from a search engine, or schedule a revisit.

HTTP 1.1 (RFC 2068) specifies that all HTTP date/time stamps MUST be generated in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and in RFC 1123 format.
RFC 1123 format = wkday "," SP date SP time SP "GMT"

wkday = (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
date = 2DIGIT SP month SP 4DIGIT ; day month year (e.g., 02 Jun 1982)
time = 2DIGIT ":" 2DIGIT ":" 2DIGIT ; 00:00:00 - 23:59:59
month = (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec)

Meta Tag: Keywords

Example: CONTENT="insert, your, keywords,">

Description: The keywords are used by some search engines to index your document in addition to words from the title and document body. Typically used for synonyms and alternates of title words. Consider adding frequent misspellings. e.g. heirarchy, hierarchy.

Meta Tag: PRAGMA:NO-CACHE

Example:

Description: This directive indicates cached information should not be used and instead requests should be forwarded to the origin server. This directive has the same semantics as the CACHE-CONTROL:NO-CACHE directive and is provided for backwards compatibility with HTTP/1.0.

Clients SHOULD include both PRAGMA:NO-CACHE and CACHE-CONTROL:NO-CACHE when a no-cache request is sent to a server not known to be HTTP/1.1 compliant.
HTTP/1.1 clients SHOULD NOT send the PRAGMA request-header. HTTP/1.1 caches SHOULD treat "PRAGMA:NO-CACHE" as if the client had sent "CACHE-CONTROL:NO-CACHE".
Also see EXPIRES.

Meta Tag: Refresh

Example: CONTENT="15;URL=http://www.wesh.co.uk">

Description: Specifies a delay in seconds before the browser automatically reloads the document. Optionally, specifies an alternative URL to load, making this command useful for redirecting browsers to other pages.

Meta Tag: Robots

Example:

Description:

CONTENT="ALL | NONE | NOINDEX | INDEX| NOFOLLOW | FOLLOW | NOARCHIVE"
default = empty = "ALL"
"NONE" = "NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"

The CONTENT field is a comma separated list:
INDEX: search engine robots should include this page.
FOLLOW: robots should follow links from this page to other pages.
NOINDEX: links can be explored, although the page is not indexed.
NOFOLLOW: the page can be indexed, but no links are explored.
NONE: robots can ignore the page.
NOARCHIVE: Google uses this to prevent archiving of the page. See http://www.google.com/bot.html

Meta Tag: GOOGLEBOT

Description: In addition to the ROBOTS META Command above, Google supports a GOOGLEBOT command. With it, you can tell Google that you do not want the page archived, but allow other search engines to do so. If you specify this command, Google will not save the page and the page will be unavailable via its cache.
See Google's FAQ.


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