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What Is a http-equiv "meta" Tag/Element?

a http-equiv "meta" element is a special "meta" element that provides information equivalent to HTTP headers. A http-equiv "meta" element must include the "http-equiv" attribute as, http-equiv="Content-Type". Here is some good examples:

  <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
    charset=UTF-8" />
  <meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="3; 
    URL=http://dev.fyicenter.com/" />
  <meta http-equiv="Expires" content="Sun, 22 Mar 1998
   16:18:35 GMT" />

XHTML browsers and search engines are all respecting http-equiv meta elements. So it is important to code the keywords meta element properly in your XHTML documents following rules below:

  • Include http-equiv meta elements in XHTML documents as needed. Do not include all http-equiv meta elements in every XHTML documents.
  • Attribute "http-equiv" must contain valid HTTP headers defined in HTTP protocol.
  • Attribute "content" must contain valid values that matches the HTTP header specified in "http-equiv".
  • http-equiv="Content-Type" is used to specify the document type, and character set.
  • http-equiv="Refresh" is used to specify a refresh with a waiting period and a URL.
  • http-equiv="Expires" is used to an expiration time of the document.

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  1. What is the Top Level Structure of an XHTML Document?
  2. How Many Document Types Defined in XHTML 1.0?
  3. What Is the "html" Tag/Element?
  4. What is the Second Level Structure of an XHTML Document?
  5. What Is the "head" Tag/Element?
  6. What Is the "body" Tag/Element?
  7. How To Write a "head" Element Properly?
  8. What Is the "title" Tag/Element?
  9. What is a Smallest Valid XHTML Dodument?
  10. What Is Wrong with This "head" Element?
  11. What Happens If the "title" Element is Missing?
  12. What Happens If a "meta" Element Is Not Closed?
  13. What Is a "meta" Tag/Element?
  14. What Is the Description "meta" Tag/Element?
  15. What Is the Keywords "meta" Tag/Element?
  16. What Is the Robots "meta" Tag/Element?
  17. What Is a http-equiv "meta" Tag/Element?
  18. What Is the Author "meta" Tag/Element?
  19. What Is the "base" Tag/Element?
  20. What Is a "script" Tag/Element?
  21. What Is a "link" Tag/Element?
  22. What Is a "style" Tag/Element?

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