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Is it advisable to use Language Meta Tag?

     

Mr Bo Jangles

3:32 pm on Jun 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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?

Rumbas

12:12 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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 :)

encyclo

12:39 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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">
<head>

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.

jo1ene

1:33 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's requird to validate as accessible, also.

pageoneresults

1:37 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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

<head>
<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>
</head>

Mr Bo Jangles

4:20 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



Thank you all - I'll implement!

Cheers,

 

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