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Encoding tag causing problem with SERP listing

1:43 am on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

[I posted this in the wrong place eariler I think]

Iím checking the search engine listings for a new client and I see the Google SERPS for some pages show the following for a description
ÔĽŅ. ...

The pages that have this problem have the following header tags. I think itís the xml encoding tag at the top that is causing the problem as there are other pages that donít include this statement and they have ok descriptions

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">

Is the problem being caused by these statements?

Should we just remove the xml encoding tag?

2:20 am on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Yeah drop the xml prolog. It is not required.

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