Msg#: 4109288 posted 1:07 am on Apr 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I was focusing on the meta description and forgot to ask: As all the meta tags are not validating, will there be any problems if I delete the ending forward slash in all of them, including this one: <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
Msg#: 4109288 posted 5:23 am on Apr 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'd be real careful in answering with an emphatic yes on this particular issue. You might find this read from the Code Project rather interesting...
How to Stop Google Indexing Your Site. A Bedtime Story. [CodeProject.com...]
The problem we faced was that we had specified HTML 4.01 in our DOCTYPE but were trying to use XHTML style tags (i.e. self closing meta tags). IE had no problem with it. Firefox, Opera and even my blackberry had no problem with it (or if they did have a problem they were polite enough not to say anything). Yahoo didn't have a problem. But Google did.
I'd like to think that is one of those errors that is easily recovered from. According to the above findings, that may not be the case, at least it wasn't in their particular instance.
No, follow protocol and use the proper markup for the DOCTYPE you're using.
Now I'm confused. My document is a HTML 4.01 doctype, and all the other responses said not to use the forward slash for closing tags in my pages with this doctype, and that is what the article is suggesting.
But you said to be real careful in answering an emphatic yes on this issue. Is there still risk in implementing what the other responders said? and "No, follow protocol and use the proper markup for the DOCTYPE you're using," Isn't that what the other people who posted are suggesting?