|Metadata and Library|
You must be wondering what metadata or in HTML parlon, "meta tags" got to do with the library. UIUC library is responsible for storing several thousand webpages. It's nice to see when commerical and non commerical search engines retrieve our webpages. So in order to make this true we use metatags. As you all know our webpages are authored in HTML. HTML is nothing but a cluster of tags and data enclosed between them. Metadata can be practiced by using the <META> tag facility present in HTML. Let us see how HTML helps us to implement metadata documentation.
Meta tags in HTML
The HTML <META> tag is one of the most important and versatile tags available, but it is often overlooked because it produces no visible content on the viewer's console. META tags come in two types: the "HTTP-EQUIV=" and the "NAME=" tags, and are placed between the <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags.
The HTTP-EQUIV attribute modifies the http header information passed to the browser, which makes the tag extremely powerful.
have two possible attributes:
Let us see an example from our library context:
Customizing these tags
You can make this a part of your webpage by customizing the "content" value. So if you are developing webpages for the Grainger library your publisher tag would look something like this:
<meta name="DC.Publisher" content="Miss. XXX TRTS; Graduate Assistant; Grainger Engineering Library, University of Illinois;Champaign;Urbana ">
Why UIUC Library Webpages need meta tags?
The motivation for this document comes from the fact that our own library pages dont carry enough meta tags. It was found that a large majority of our webpages lacked the much needed meta tags. While designing our page our attempt should be to ensure that meta tags define our webpages well. So some patron looking for information relevant to our site should visit our page. What search engines do is that they screen our HTML page for the meta tage first. So if the meta tag is well defined the search engine will index your page. So our effort should be to define our pages are closely as possible.
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