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Meta Tags - best practice

 8:06 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Are there any accepted best practice rules for the order in which meta tags are shown in the header?

Eg Title
Meta Tag keywords
Meta Tag description



 9:13 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

The encoding one (if you have one) should be the first


 9:47 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

I add the elements within head in this order:

-meta description
-rel links, canonical etc.
-css links
-js links
-inline css (rare)
inline js (rare)

wot? no meta keywords?



 10:48 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

>> -inline css (rare)

what inline css would be in the header?


 11:11 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Errr, "inline" was the wrong word. What I meant was "lines of code rather than a link to a separate file".

I usually put all CSS and JS in external files. Occasionally, very occasionally, there will be a couple of lines of css or js in the head section for something specific to that one page.

Even rarer still will be to add css or js directly to elements in the body.


 3:03 pm on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

ok, sorry, i suspected that's what you meant! - thought i might have been missing something though!

me too though, css is in extrenal sheets unless there is something that is so specifically for one page only and then i might code it into the header.


 1:52 pm on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

HTML5 specs can be a helpful resource too.

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