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HTML <meta> name Attribute

HTML meta Tag Reference HTML <meta> tag

Example

Use the name attribute to define a description, keywords, and the author of an HTML document:

<head>
<meta name="description" content="Free Web tutorials">
<meta name="keywords" content="HTML,CSS,JavaScript">
<meta name="author" content="Hege Refsnes">
</head>

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Browser Support

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The name attribute is supported in all major browsers.


The name attribute specifies the name for the metadata.

The name attribute specifies a name for the information/value of the content attribute.

Note: If the http-equiv attribute is set, the name attribute should not be set.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

NONE.


Syntax

<meta name="value">

Attribute Values

Value Description
application-name Specifies the name of the Web application that the page represents
author Specifies the name of the author of the document.

Example: <meta name="author" content="Hege Refsnes">
description Specifies a description of the page. Search engines can pick up this description to show with the results of searches.

Example: <meta name="description" content="Free web tutorials">
generator Specifies one of the software packages used to generate the document (not used on hand-authored pages)

Example: <meta name="generator" content="FrontPage 4.0">
keywords Specifies a comma-separated list of keywords - relevant to the page (Informs search engines what the page is about).

Tip: Always specify keywords (needed by search engines to catalogize the page).

Example: <meta name="keywords" content="HTML, meta tag, tag reference">


HTML meta Tag Reference HTML <meta> tag

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