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Is it advisable to use Language Meta Tag?
Mr Bo Jangles

 3:32 pm on Jun 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi all,
I saw the use of this Meta Tag on a German site:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="DE">

Is the use of this language Meta Tag recommended?



 12:12 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yes. I use them just to be on the safe side.

Espcially when dealing with Danish and Norwegian, which are very similar languages. In fact so similar that fx. Google brings up a bunch of Norwegian sites on searchers set to Danish only.

Use them :)


 12:39 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can also add the
lang attribute to the html tag:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html lang="de">

It's a few bytes less - every little helps! You must define the language as it not only helps search engines correctly identify the language, but it also helps, for example, users with screenreaders.


 1:33 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's requird to validate as accessible, also.


 1:37 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

I might also suggest putting that and your charset tag above your
<title> element.

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta http-equiv="content-language" content="da">
<title>Language Specific Page Title</title>

Mr Bo Jangles

 4:20 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you all - I'll implement!


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