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Phantamage

10:11 pm on May 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

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While looking at someone elses code today I ran across this:

<META NAME="DC.Creator" CONTENT="Name Removed by me">
<META NAME="DC.Subject" CONTENT="Name Removed by me">
<META NAME="DC.Description" CONTENT="State of the art digital studio. Award winning Multimedia, Web design, Ecommerce, Hosting, Audio, Video, Brand development, Logo design and more.">
<META NAME="DC.Publisher" CONTENT="Name Removed by me">
<META NAME="DC.Contributors" CONTENT="Name Removed by me">

I am not familiar with this DC. format. I couldn't find it in any of my HTML books either. Can someone provide some information on what this is and let me know if I should be using it.

Also, while viewing the same site I noticed he had placed this in the HEAD.

<head keywords="Web design multimedia hosting e commerce e business brand development corporate identity web solution graphic>

Is there anything to this? Should I be using it.

Incidently, I did a search on the firm name on AltaVista. They were not ranked in the top 50 for their company name. They were, however, in the index.

Thanks.

7:08 pm on May 9, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Looks like a bunch of useless comment type tags. I wouldn't use them if I were you. The tried and true title, description and keywords tags are all you need - anything else and you risk ruining your keyword density ratios.

Phantamage

7:28 pm on May 9, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, oilman.

I did a little bit of checking. This is what the W3C says about the DC thing:

Note. When a property specified by a META element takes a value that is a URI, some authors prefer to specify the meta data via the LINK element. Thus, the following meta data declaration:

<META name="DC.identifier"
content="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1866.txt">

might also be written:

<LINK rel="DC.identifier"
type="text/plain"
href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1866.txt">

Quite honestly, it's all greek to me. I don't understand a word of it. It sounds like the DC thing is pointing to some other file which contains the meta information but I could be totally wrong.

As far as the <head = keyword thing there just is no attribute like that. Again, I did some testing. The fellow had "Dave Matthews Band" riddled throughout his page like that. However, a search on Dave Matthews Band on AV did not show him in the top 200 so I am guessing it was just ignored by the spider.

2:36 pm on May 10, 2000 (gmt 0)

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DC = Dublin Core

More info on [purl.oclc.org...]

Phantamage

11:50 pm on May 13, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Thanks!

I checked out the site. But still, is this something I should be using?

4:58 pm on May 14, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Dublin Core tags are fairly widely used/honored by European search engines, especially the German ones. You will probably do quite fine without them, but keyword density issues aside it won't harm you to implement them either.

VAL@Amsterdam

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Ralph-- > This is really interesting. Do you know if there are other special codes for foreign SE (DUTCH) ...

hmmmmm,.... I am still missing something at [ilse.nl...] I thought I knew everything the Ilse likes, but pages of my competitor seems to have something
very special. I now can see easily if I can make it to the top 3 or not. It only has to do with certain domains which always rank higher in this SE due to some special trick. These pages are always claoked -

12:10 am on May 22, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Val: no, I'm not aware of any further special codes for foreign SEs.