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This page lists the allowed extension values for the name="" attribute of the <meta> element in HTML5.

You may add your own values to this list, which makes them legal HTML5 metadata names.

We ask that you:

  • avoid redundancy - if someone has already defined a name that does roughly what you want, please reuse it.
  • be sure to include all the items required by the spec including a link to a specification that specifies the keyword as an HTML meta keyword. If a proposal lacks a specification and a version in a complete specification exists, the latter is to be preferred.

Note that URL-valued properties must not be registered as meta names but should be registered as rel keywords instead.

Also note that changes to this registry will not be reflected in validators in real time. If you add a new meta name value to the Registered Extensions table, either open a validator bug or e-mail the www-validator@w3.org list to ensure the validator maintainers will pull in the new name value.

Registered Extensions

Keyword Brief description Link to specification Synonyms Status
AGLSTERMS.act A specific piece of legislation which requires or drives the creation or provision of the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.accessibility A statement indicating the accessibility characteristics of the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.accessMode Perceptual mode for the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.aggregationLevel The level of aggregation of the described resource - an 'item' or a 'collection'. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.availability How the resource can be obtained or accessed, or contact information. Primarily used for offline resources to provide information on how to obtain physical access to the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.case A specific piece of case law which requires or drives the creation or provision of the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.category The generic type of the resource being described - a 'service', 'document' or 'agency'. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.dateLicensed Date a license was applied or became effective. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.documentType The form of the described resource where the value of category is‘document’. Document is used in its widest sense and includes resources such as text, images, sound files and software. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.function The business function to which the resource relates. Functions are the major units of activity which organisations pursue in order to meet the mission and goals of the organisation. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.isBasisFor A related resource that is a performance, production, derivation, translation or interpretation of the described resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.isBasedOn A related resource of which the described resource is a performance, production, derivation, translation or interpretation. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.jurisdiction The name of the political/administrative entity covered by the described resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.mandate A specific legal instrument which requires or drives the creation or provision of the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.protectiveMarking A protective marking applied to the described resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.regulation A specific regulation which requires or drives the creation or provision of the resource. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
AGLSTERMS.serviceType The form of the described resource where the value of category is ‘service'. AGLS Metadata Usage Guide Proposal
alexaverifyid Used to verify ownership of Alexa Search Alexa FAQ About this meta attribute Reference Proposal
apple-itunes-app Promoting Apps with Smart App Banners Safari Web Content Guide Proposal
apple-mobile-web-app-capable Sets whether a web application runs in full-screen mode. Apple Safari HTML Reference mobile-web-app-capable (also could maybe be assumed when application-name is set?) Proposal
apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style Sets the style of the status bar for a web application. Apple Safari HTML Reference Proposal
apple-touch-fullscreen forces iPhone Fullscreen mode, if added to home screen. Not needed anymore. No specification yet Proposal
apple-mobile-web-app-title Sets the title of the application when added to the homescreen on iOS6+ Unofficial Documentation of apple-mobile-web-app-title - Read more about Apple's web-app's at Apple Safari HTML Reference Proposal
application-url Start URL of web apps in Google Chrome

The "application-url" meta tag can be used to specify the start URL of pinned web apps in Google Chrome.

<meta name="application-url" content="https://gmail.com/">
Google Chrome Webmaster FAQ Chromium issue response Proposal
baiduspider Synonym of robots for targeting Baidu only. Baidu documentation Proposal
bitcoin a bitcoin-address Short documentation (unofficial): JokeNetwork's unofficial documentation for bitcoin-metatag, more informations about the Bitcoin-adress: Bitcoin wiki Proposal
blazerr-support-identifier Used to identify users for JokeNetwork's Blazerr Support-System along with a cookie. Not adapted to the cookie policy of the EU yet. The verification of a user without the use of cookies can be obtained with the meta tag blazerr-support-id-noncookies. JokeNetwork's Blazerr Documentation proposal
blazerr-support-id-noncookies Used to identify users for JokeNetwork's Blazerr Support-System without a cookie. JokeNetwork's Blazerr Documentation proposal
blazerr-ssl Decides whether connect via a secure connection or not to JokeNetwork's Blazerr-System. Similar to blazerr-secure.

Usage: <meta name="blazerr-ssl" content="yes">

JokeNetwork's Blazerr Documentation proposal
blazerr-secure Decides whether connect via a secure connection or not to JokeNetwork's Blazerr-System. Synonym to blazerr-ssl, but only for old browsers such as Internet Explorer 7.

Usage: <meta name="blazerr-secure" content="yes">

JokeNetwork's Blazerr Documentation proposal
blazerr-seo Checks whether Blazerr SEO has been used or not. It contains the user-id and the SEO Version.

Usage: <meta name="blazerr-seo" content="0001;v0.7">
0001 is an example for a user id, v0.7 identifies which version of SEO is used (In this case version Beta 7 / 0.7). If you're using Blazerr SEO, you have to include this meta-tag. Otherwise the tool will not work.

JokeNetwork's Blazerr Documentation proposal
cfia.gdr.include Canadian Food Inspection Agency Guidance Document Repository Page Coming soon at CFIA website Proposal
cfia.gdr.program Canadian Food Inspection Agency Guidance Document Repository Page Program Coming soon at CFIA website Proposal
cfia.gdr.commodity Canadian Food Inspection Agency Guidance Document Repository Page Commodity Coming soon at CFIA website Proposal
cfia.gdr.activity Canadian Food Inspection Agency Guidance Document Repository Page Activity Coming soon at CFIA website Proposal
citeseerxbot Synonym of robots for targeting CiteSeerX only. CiteSeerX Submit Documents 'If you do not want your documents crawled by CiteSeerX, please use a robots.txt to disallow our crawler named "citeseerxbot"', CiteSeerX Crawler Proposal
collection To replace the obsolete dc:collection. A collection is described as a group, an aggregation of topics Used to describe the top-level content of XHTML documents. These appear in your META tags showing a group of subject. Website Taxonomy improve classification for search engine analysis and semantic communication with a description language content.

<meta name="collection" content="MetaExtensions" /> <meta name="subject" content="topics, thesaurus, Meta Tag, header, semantic" />

[1] Proposal
csrf-param Cross-site request forgery protection parameter for Ruby on Rails Rails API Proposal
csrf-token Cross-site request forgery protection token for Ruby on Rails Rails API Proposal
da_anonymiseIP Defines anonymiseIP parameter for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactCompany Defines the contactCompany of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactEmail Defines the contactEmail of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactFirstName Defines the contactFirstName of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactLastName Defines the contactLastName of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactName Defines the contactName of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_contactTelephone Defines the contactTelephone of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_conversionCurrency Defines the conversionCurrency of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_conversionId Defines the conversionId of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_conversionValue Defines the conversionValue of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_goalCurrency Defines the goalCurrency of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_goalId Defines the goalId of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_goalValue Defines the goalValue of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_interactionSelector Defines the interactionSelector parameter for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_pageRole Defines the role of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_pageTaxonomy Defines the taxonomy of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_pageTitle Defines the pageTitle of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_pageVersion Defines the pageVersion of the page for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_sessionId Defines the sessionId parameter for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
da_userId Defines the userId parameter for Decibel Insight Documentation Proposal
dc.date.issued Date of publication for Google News. The format of the content is YYYY-MM-DD or YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dc" href="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"> element

Google News documentation dcterms.issued (former <time pubdate> no longer considered due to the abort of @pubdate) Proposal
dc.language A language of the resource. Recommended best practice is to use a controlled vocabulary such as RFC 4646 [RFC4646].

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dc" href="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Redundant with the lang attribute on the

html element. (Browsers pay attention to the lang attribute but not dc.language)

Proposal
dcterms.abstract A summary of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

[http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/#terms-abstract DCMI

Metadata Terms] mapped according to Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

<meta name="description"> Proposal
dcterms.accessRights Information about who can access the resource or an indication of its security status.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Proposal
dcterms.accrualMethod The method by which items are added to a collection.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.accrualPeriodicity The frequency with which items are added to a collection.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.accrualPolicy The policy governing the addition of items to a collection.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.alternative An alternative name for the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.audience A class of entity for whom the resource is intended or useful.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.available Date (often a range) that the resource became or will become available.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.bibliographicCitation A bibliographic reference for the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML attribute cite Proposal
dcterms.collection An aggregation of resources.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.conformsTo An established standard to which the described resource conforms.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.contributor An entity responsible for making contributions to the content of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.coverage The spatial or temporal topic of the resource, the spatial applicability of the resource, or the jurisdiction under which the resource is relevant.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.created Date of creation of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.creator An entity primarily responsible for making the resource. Examples of a Creator include a person, an organization, or a service.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

In some cases redundant with the HTML built-in keyword author Proposal
dcterms.date A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.dateAccepted Date of acceptance of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.dateCopyrighted Date of copyright.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.dateSubmitted Date of submission of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

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dcterms.description An account of the resource. Description may include but is not limited to: an abstract, a table of contents, a graphical representation, or a free-text account of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

HTML built-in keyword description Proposal
dcterms.educationLevel A class of entity, defined in terms of progression through an educational or training context, for which the described resource is intended.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Proposal
dcterms.extent The size or duration of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.format The file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

To be limited to dimensions information. File format for the document is to be determined by server. Linked resources can be described by type attribute. Proposal
dcterms.hasFormat A related resource that is substantially the same as the pre-existing described resource, but in another format.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.hasPart A related resource that is included either physically or logically in the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.hasVersion A related resource that is a version, edition, or adaptation of the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.identifier An unambiguous reference to the resource within a given context.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.instructionalMethod A process used to engender knowledge, attitudes and skills, that the described resource is designed to support.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.isFormatOf A related resource that is substantially the same as the described resource, but in another format.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.isPartOf A related resource in which the described resource is physically or logically included.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.isReferencedBy A related resource that references, cites, or otherwise points to the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.isReplacedBy A related resource that supplants, displaces, or supersedes the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.isRequiredBy A related resource that requires the described resource to support its function, delivery, or coherence.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.issued Date of formal issuance (e.g., publication) of the resource. (DC doesn't spec a date format but the established practice is YYYY-MM-DD.)

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

(former <time pubdate> no longer considered due to the abort of @pubdate) Proposal
dcterms.isVersionOf A related resource of which the described resource is a version, edition, or adaptation.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.language A language of the resource. Recommended best practice is to use a controlled vocabulary such as RFC 4646 [RFC4646].

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Redundant with the lang attribute on the html element. (Browsers pay attention to the lang attribute but not dcterms.language) Proposal
dcterms.license A legal document giving official permission to do something with the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML <link> element with the keyword "license" as value of the rel attribute. Proposal
dcterms.mediator An entity that mediates access to the resource and for whom the resource is intended or useful.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.medium The material or physical carrier of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.modified Date on which the resource was changed. (DC doesn't spec a date format but the established practice is YYYY-MM-DD.)

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.provenance A statement for any changes in ownership and custody of the resource since its creation that are significant for its authenticity, integrity, and interpretation.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.publisher An entity responsible for making the resource available.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.references A related resource that is referenced, cited, or otherwise pointed to by the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

cite attribute on specific quotes, if any. Proposal
dcterms.relation A related resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

If the relation comes from an internal reference or quote, dcterms.references should be preferred. Proposal
dcterms.replaces A related resource that is supplanted, displaced, or superseded by the described resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" Proposal
dcterms.requires A related resource that is required by the described resource to support its function, delivery, or coherence.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.rights Information about rights held in and over the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML <link> element with the keyword "license" as value of the rel attribute, if referring to a legal license format. Proposal
dcterms.rightsHolder A person or organization owning or managing rights over the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.source A related resource from which the described resource is derived.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

The HTML link type keyword "alternate" used with "link" element:rel="alternate" href="URI of related resource" if documents are different versions. Otherwise, cite attribute. Proposal
dcterms.spatial Spatial characteristics of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.subject The topic of the resource. DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

HTML built-in keywords description or keywords Proposal
dcterms.tableOfContents A list of subunits of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

HTML built-in keywords description or keywords. Otherwise, a details-summary model which would provide user-readable information. Proposal
dcterms.temporal Temporal characteristics of the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

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dcterms.title A name given to the resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

HTML built-in element title (not to be confused with @title attributes specific to each element) Proposal
dcterms.type The nature or genre of the resource. DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Proposal
dcterms.valid Date (often a range) of validity of a resource.

It must be accompanied by a <link rel="schema.dcterms" href="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"> element.

DCMI Metadata Terms mapped according to

Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements

Proposal
designer Credits the designer(s) responsible for the visual presentation of a website. Documentation Proposal
entity Allows for definitions of XML-style entities for substitution of references (defined as specially-named elements (e.g., use of data element and/or data-* attribute) or script tags) via inclusion of a JavaScript library. Library also supports inclusion of additional meta element entity definitions via iframe documents. Documentation Proposal
EssayDirectory Defines a custom description of websites listed in EssayDirectory.
Example:
<meta name="EssayDirectory" content="Helping students find legitimate essay services.">
Documentation Proposal
fdse-description Tag used by FDSE search software, allows different description to be displayed in fdse results to that shown in description [2] Proposal
fdse-index-as Tag used by FDSE search software, allows FDSE to index a page as url described here [3] Proposal
fdse-keywords Tag used by FDSE search software, allows different keywords to be used by FDSE to keywords tag [4] Proposal
fdse-refresh Tag used by FDSE search software, allows FDSE to ignore refresh meta tags [5] Proposal
fdse-robots Tag used by FDSE search software, allows different robots instructions to be sent to FDSE than that sent to other search engines eg: index no index pages for local search [6] Proposal
gcterms.topicTaxonomy Organize resources specifically for taxonomy-based topical browse or search structures on websites (ie: breadcrumbs / website information architecture). [7] Government of Canada, Web Content Management System Metadata Application Profile. Proposal
icas.datetime.long A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource represented in terms of ICAS long date format such as "UCN 12012 M03 Blue ❀ day 333 ❀ IDC zone(UT) t969 tt189". example <meta name="icas.datetime.long" content="UCN 12012 M03 Blue ❀ day 333 ❀ IDC zone(UT) t969 tt189"/> a preliminary specification in the aaticas group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/aaticas-4034149). after a period of review, a specification for AAT ICAS meta keywords for HTML(5) will be referenced on an AAT ICAS area of the aatideas.org web site. proposal
icas.datetime.day A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource represented in terms of ICAS day-of-year format such as "2012 day 333 t969". a preliminary specification in the aaticas group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/aaticas-4034149). after a period of review, a specification for AAT ICAS meta keywords for HTML(5) will be referenced on an AAT ICAS area of the aatideas.org web site. proposal
icas.datetime.abbr A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource represented in terms of an ICAS abbreviated format such as "d2M03 t969". a preliminary specification in the aaticas group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/aaticas-4034149). after a period of review, a specification for AAT ICAS meta keywords for HTML(5) will be referenced on an AAT ICAS area of the aatideas.org web site. proposal
icas.datetime A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource represented in terms of an ICAS date and time format of unspecified information density (may include full, long, medium, short, or compressed forms). a preliminary specification in the aaticas group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/aaticas-4034149). after a period of review, a specification for AAT ICAS meta keywords for HTML(5) will be referenced on an AAT ICAS area of the aatideas.org web site. proposal
format-detection Enables or disables automatic detection of possible phone numbers in a webpage in Safari on iOS. Apple Safari HTML Reference Proposal
fragment Opts a webpage into the AJAX crawling scheme when it does not have a "#!" URL. The only valid content value is "!".
<meta name="fragment" content="!">
Google Crawable AJAX Specification Proposal
geo.position Geographic position to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.position" content="48.02682000000001;7.809769999999958">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
icbm (different value syntax) Proposal
geo.country Case-insensitive ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of a country to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.country" content="de">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
ISO-3166-2
Proposal
geo.a1 National subdivision (state, canton, region, province, prefecture) of civil address to which the page is related. For resources within the US and Canada, corresponds to the common 2-character State/Province codes.
<meta name="geo.a1" content="AB">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
RFC 4776
Proposal
geo.a2 County, parish, gun (JP), district (IN) of civil address to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.a2" content="Warwickshire">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
RFC 4776
Proposal
geo.a3 City, township, shi (JP) of civil address to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.a3" content="Calgary">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
RFC 4776
Proposal
geo.lmk A landmark or vanity address to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.lmk" content="Auwaldstraße 11, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Deutschland">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
Proposal
geo.region Superseded by either geo.country alone or geo.country plus geo.a1. Name of geographic region to which the page is related. Content is specified by ISO-3166.
<meta name="geo.region" content="DE-BW">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
ISO-3166
Proposal
geo.placename Superseded by geo.lmk. Name of geographic place to which the page is related.
<meta name="geo.placename" content="London, Ontario">
IETF Draft
GeoTags.com
Proposal
globrix.instruction Globrix property information: Property to Buy or Rent FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.price Globrix property information: Price for the property FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.postcode Globrix property information: Postcode of the property FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.bedrooms Globrix property information: Number of bedrooms the property has FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.bathrooms Globrix property information: Number of bathrooms the property has FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.type Globrix property information: Type of property e.g. 'semi-detatched house' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.condition Globrix property information: Condition of the property e.g. 'renovated' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.features Globrix property information: Features of the property e.g. 'double glazing' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.outsidespace Globrix property information: External features of the property e.g. 'garden' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.parking Globrix property information: Parking available for property e.g. 'parking for 2 cars' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.period Globrix property information: Period of the property e.g. 'victorian terrace' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.poa Globrix property information: If the property price is only available on application FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.tenure Globrix property information: The tenure of the property e.g. 'leasehold' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.underoffer Globrix property information: Indicates if the property is under offer FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.priceproximity Globrix property information: The region of the attached price e.g. 'guide price of' FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.latitude Globrix property information: The latitude of the property FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
globrix.longitude Globrix property information: The longitude of the property FAQ About the Globrix meta tags. Proposal
go-import Defines a remote source code location and version control scheme for the Go programming language's toolchain. Content format: import-prefix vcs repo-root. go tool documentation Proposal
google Used to declare text that should not be translated by the Google Translate plugin <meta name="google" value="notranslate"> will declare the whole page should not be translated. is for text or paragraph areas you wish to not be translated. Google blog post Proposal
google-site-verification Used to verify ownership for Webmaster Tools. Google documentation Proposal
googlebot Synonym of robots for targeting Googlebot only. Google documentation Proposal
googlebot-mobile Synonym of robots for targeting Googlebot-Mobile [8] Proposal
gwt:property Used to specify the locale client property Locales in GWT Proposal
handheldfriendly Informs the BlackBerry browser that the content contained within the document is designed for small screens. BlackBerry browser documentation Proposal
icbm Defines geographic position to which page is related to. The acronym stands for ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic Missile - an old, humorous allusion to the possible use of such coordinates.
Example:
<meta name="ICBM" content="47.0667, 15.4500" />
GeoURL documentation geo.position (different value syntax) Proposal
itemsPerPage Used to identify the number of search results returned per page. OpenSearch Specification Proposal
meta_date The date used to indicate that the Metadata has been prepared and/or reviewed and approved by the Metadata Unit. Its purpose is administrative. (Used by "Autonomy".) Health Canada Web Metadata Application Profile March 2009 Proposal
mobile-agent Specifies the mobile-compatible url of the web page. Used by mobile browsers and search engines to redirect mobile phone visitors to the proper mobile page.

The following properties can be used in the value of the content attribute:
url - The mobile-compatible url of the web page.
format - The format of the mobile page. An enum of "wml", "xhtml" and "html5".
Example:

<meta name="mobile-agent" content="format=html5; url=http://3g.sina.com.cn/">
Baidu Mobile SEO Proposal
mobile-web-app-capable Sets whether a web application can be added standalone to a home screen and launched in fullscreen mode. Also proposed as a vendor-neutral version of apple-mobile-web-app-capable. Add to Homescreen - Google Chrome Mobile — Google Developers (though a WHATWG or W3C spec would be preferred) apple-mobile-web-app-capable (vendor specific synonym) Proposal
mobileoptimized Controls layout behavior in older versions of Internet Explorer (e.g., 6.5). Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 documentation Proposal
msapplication-task "Jump List" or "Pinned Sites" in Windows 7

Jump List items act as entry points into the website even when the browser is not running. A Jump List can contain commonly used destinations and tasks. Some items apply to the whole site, and some apply only to specific users. For example, to add a single task called "Check Order Status" specify a meta element in the head of your webpage, as follows:

<META name="msapplication-task" content="name=Check Order Status;
     action-uri=./orderStatus.aspx?src=IE9;
     icon-uri=./favicon.ico"  />
Tasks in Jump List Proposal
msapplication-starturl "Jump List" or "Pinned Sites" in Windows 7

The "msapplication-starturl" metadata contains the root URL of the application. The start URL can be fully qualified, or relative to the current document. Only HTTP and HTTPS protocols are allowed. If this element is missing, the address of the current page is used instead.

<meta name="msapplication-starturl" content="./" />
Declaring Pinned Site Metadata Proposal
msapplication-tooltip "Jump List" or "Pinned Sites" in Windows 7

The "msapplication-tooltip" metadata provides additional tooltip text that appears when you hover over the Pinned Site shortcut in the Windows Start menu or on the desktop.

<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Channel 9 Podcasts" />
Declaring Pinned Site Metadata Proposal
msapplication-tap-highlight Link highlighting in Internet Explorer

The "msapplication-tap-highlight" meta tag can be used to disable automatic highlighting of tapped links in Internet Explorer. Applies to IE10 on Windows Phone 8 and IE11 on Windows 8.1.

<meta name="msapplication-tap-highlight" content="no" />
Link highlighting Proposal
msapplication-navbutton-color "Jump List" or "Pinned Sites" in Windows 7

The "msapplication-navbutton-color" metadata define the custom color of the Back and Forward buttons in the Pinned Site browser window. Any named color, or hex color value is valid.

<meta name="msapplication-navbutton-color" content="#FF3300" />
Declaring Pinned Site Metadata Proposal
msapplication-window "Jump List" or "Pinned Sites" in Windows 7

The "msapplication-window" metadata sets the initial size of the Pinned Site window when it is launched for the first time. However, if the user adjusts the size of the window, the Pinned Site retains the new dimensions when it is launched again. The following properties can be used in the value of the content attribute:

  • width - The window width in pixels. The minimum value is 800.
  • height - The window height in pixels. The minimum value is 600.
<meta name="msapplication-window" content="width=1024;height=768" />
Declaring Pinned Site Metadata Proposal
msapplication-config "Pinned Sites" in Windows 8

The "msapplication-config" metadata defines the path to a browser configuration file, letting you set pinned sites customizations (such as tile background, badge updates and notifications) with this external XML file rather than metadata within the HTML markup of webpages.

<meta name="msapplication-config" content="IEconfig.xml" />

Note Without this metadata, IE11 looks for a default "browserconfig.xml" in the root directory of the server.

Browser configuration schema reference Proposal
msapplication-TileImage The "msapplication-TileImage" metadata define the path to an image to be used as background for a tile in Pinned Sites in Windows 8. Tile images must be square PNGs 144px by 144px.
<meta name="msapplication-TileImage" content="images/benthepcguy-144.png" />
High Quality Visuals for Pinned Sites in Windows 8 Proposal
msapplication-TileColor The "msapplication-TileColor" metadata define the background color of a tile in Pinned Sites in Windows 8. The tile color can be specified as a hex RGB color using CSS’s #rrggbb notation, via CSS color names, or by the CSS rgb() function.
<meta name="msapplication-TileColor" content="#d83434"/>
High Quality Visuals for Pinned Sites in Windows 8 Proposal
msapplication-square70x70logo msapplication-square70x70logo

Specifies the image to use as the small tile, which is 70x70 pixels at 100% scaling.

<meta name="msapplication-square70x70logo" content="images/tinylogo.png">

Note The msapplication-square70x70logo value is supported as of IE11 Preview and applies to tiles pinned to the Windows Start screen.

Pinned site metadata reference Proposal
msapplication-square150x150logo msapplication-square150x150logo

Specifies the image to use as the wide tile, which is 310x150 pixels at 100% scaling.

<meta name="msapplication-square150x150logo" content="images/logo.png">

Note The msapplication-square150x150logo value is supported as of IE11 Preview and applies to tiles pinned to the Windows Start screen.

Pinned site metadata reference Proposal
msapplication-wide310x150logo msapplication-wide310x150logo

Specifies the image to use as the medium tile, which is 150x150 pixels at 100% scaling.

<meta name="msapplication-wide310x150logo" content="images/widelogo.png">

Note The msapplication-wide310x150logo value is supported as of IE11 Preview and applies to tiles pinned to the Windows Start screen.

Pinned site metadata reference Proposal
msapplication-square310x310logo msapplication-square310x310logo

Specifies the image to use as the large tile, which is 310x310 pixels at 100% scaling.

<meta name="msapplication-square310x310logo" content="images/largelogo.png">

Note The msapplication-square310x310logo value is supported as of IE11 Preview and applies to tiles pinned to the Windows Start screen.

Pinned site metadata reference Proposal
msvalidate.01 One of the verification elements used by Bing. Bing Webmaster Tools Proposal
norton-safeweb-site-verification Used to verify ownership of Website for Norton SafeWeb. Norton SafeWeb Help Documentation Proposal
p:domain_verify Used to register a site's domain with Pinterest as a "verified domain".

Example:

 <meta name="p:domain_verify" content="5dd1c5f2db0ac0b521f08d56b4cd271b">
Pinterest Help Article Proposal
pingdom Used by Pingdom monitoring services as a heartbeat verification. The heartbeat service will only consider the request successful if it contains the "pingdom" meta tag, with the content set according to a per-customer key.

Example:

<meta name="pingdom" content="6bh3nxnx"/>
Proposal
pinterest Used to block pinterest from linking to content on the URL.

Example:

<meta name="pinterest" content="nopin"/>
Pinterest Help Article Proposal
rating The Restricted to Adults label (RTA) provides a way for adult oriented websites to indicate that their content is off limits to children. RTA was introduced in 2006 and is currently used by a large number of adult web content providers. RTA is recognized by all major parental control filters.

Example:

<meta name="RATING" content="RTA-5042-1996-1400-1577-RTA" />
RTA documentation Proposal
referrer Controls whether the user agent includes the Referer header in HTTP requests originating from this document Meta referrer Proposal
RepostUsAPIKey Used to verify ownership of Website for Repost syndication service Meta Headers used by Repost Proposal
ResourceLoaderDynamicStyles MediaWiki's ResourceLoader uses this name with content set to the empty string. The purpose is to mark the DOM position before which dynamic styles should be added. ResourceLoaderDynamicStyles Proposal
review_date The date a resource is scheduled for review by content creator in order to determine if it should be archived, updated or retained as is. Health Canada Web Metadata Application Profile March 2009

IMS 6001-1-2, Metadata for Recordkeeping and Web Content

Proposal
revision The revision of this page as reported by an underlying Version Control System. This is a free format string. Meta Revision Specification Proposal
revisit-after revisit-after is used to tell search engines how often to recrawl the page. To our knowledge only one search engine has ever supported it, and that search engine was never widely used — at this point, it is nothing more than a good luck charm. Google documentation Proposal
rights-standard The purpose is to enable search engines and other cataloging services to compile the types of rights allocated to the work. (Does any search engine actually implement this? hsivonen 07:34, 14 July 2011 (UTC))

This keyword does not provide, remove or alter any legal protections or designations.

Format:

<meta name="rights-standard" content="element id;rights" />
  • element id - the HTML Element ID of the item these rights apply to
  • rights - what rights are assigned to the item
    • "pd" - Public domain
    • "cc by-sa" - Creative Commons Attribution
    • "cc by-nd" - Creative Commons NoDerivs
    • "cc by-nc" - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial
    • "cc by-nc-sa" - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
    • "cc by-nc-nd" - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
Spec Redundant with Microdata vocabulary for licensing works. Proposal
robots A comma-separated list of operators explaining how search engine crawlers should treat the content. Possible values are "noarchive" to prevent cached versions, "noindex" to prevent indexing, and "nofollow" works as the link rel value with the same name. This meta name is already supported by every popular search engine.
The content value "NOODP" has been offered elsewhere, so I'm proposing it here. It blocks robots from using Open Directory Project descriptions of a website instead of Web pages' own meta descriptions. It may have been introduced by Microsoft.
The content value "NOYDIR" has been offered by Yahoo, so I'm proposing it here. It blocks Yahoo's robot from using the Yahoo directory's descriptions of a website instead of Web pages' own meta descriptions. Whether any other robot supports this is unknown but possibly no other search engine uses Yahoo's directory anyway.
Robots exclusion protocol, NOODP value: Google, Yahoo, NOYDIR value: Yahoo, as accessed 4-28-09 Proposal
rpuPlugin Version of installed Repost syndication service plugin Meta Headers used by Repost Proposal
rqid Request identifier of request that generated this page. RequestID Proposal
signet:authors Authors of a page for use with javascript signet library Signet Revision Specification Proposal
signet:links links to related pages, for use with the javascript signet library Signet Revision Specification Proposal
skype_toolbar Prevents the Skype browser extension from automatically seeking through the page and replacing telephone numbers (or any number the program's algorithm thinks is a telephone number) with its own custom presentation that allows direct invocation of the Skype program to call the telephone number.

Example:

<meta name="skype_toolbar" content="skype_toolbar_parser_compatible" />
Skype Info Proposal
slurp Synonym of robots for targeting Yahoo! only. Yahoo! documentation Proposal
startIndex Used to identify the index of the first search result in the current set of search results. OpenSearch Specification Proposal
startver Used to verify WebApps for JokeNetwork's Start!-WebApp JokeNetwork's Start Documentation proposal
teoma Synonym of robots for targeting Teoma and Ask.com only. Ask.com documentation Proposal
totalResults Used to identify the number of search results available for the current search. OpenSearch Specification Proposal
twitter:card The card type, which will be one of "summary", "photo", "app", or "player". Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:domain the domain of the website (added w/ API 1.1) Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:url Canonical URL of the card content. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:title The title of the content as it should appear in the card. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:description A description of the content in a maximum of 200 characters. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:id:iphone String value, should be the numeric representation of your app ID in the App Store. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:id:ipad String value, should be the numeric representation of your app ID in the App Store. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:id:googleplay String value, and should be the numeric representation of your app ID in Google Play. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:url:iphone Your app's custom URL scheme. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:url:ipad Your app's custom URL scheme. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:url:googleplay Your app's custom URL scheme. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:app:country If your application is not available in the US App Store, you must set this value to the two-letter country code for the App Store that contains your application. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image A URL to the image representing the content. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image:height The height of the image representing the content. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image:src URL of image to use in the card. Image must be less than 1MB in size. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image:width The width of the image representing the content. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image0 A URL to the image representing the first photo in your gallery. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image1 A URL to the image representing the second photo in your gallery. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image2 A URL to the image representing the third photo in your gallery. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:image3 A URL to the image representing the fourth photo in your gallery. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:site @username for the website used in the card footer. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:site:id Twitter ID for the website used in the card footer. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:creator @username for the content creator / author. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
twitter:creator:id Twitter ID for the content creator / author. Twitter cards documentation Proposal
typemetal.formatprefs Per-file HTML formatting preferences used by the TypeMetal HTML editor TypeMetal User Guide Proposal
verify-v1 Superseded by google-site-verification. Legacy verification for Google Sitemaps. Inside Google Sitemaps: More about meta tag verification Proposal
vfb-version Specifies a Visual Form Builder plugin version for Wordpress. Visual Form Builder Documentation and specs Proposal
viewport Provides a way for documents to specify (using markup rather than CSS) the size, zoom factor, and orientation of the viewport that is used as the base for the document's initial containing block. The following properties can be used in the value of the content attribute:
  • width
  • height
  • initial-scale
  • minimum-scale
  • maximum-scale
  • user-scalable

Examples:

<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=480, initial-scale=2.0, user-scalable=1">

For more details, see the Viewport META element section of the CSS Device Adaptation draft specification.

For meta elements that have a name attribute whose value is viewport, the CSS Device Adaptation draft specification defines the recognized properties for the content attribute>, as well as an algorithm for parsing the value of that attribute. Proposal
web_author Credits the developer(s) responsible for the technical design of a website. Documentation designer - for visual presentation Proposal
wot-verification Used to verify ownership of WOT (Web Of Trust) WOT's verify your site wiki page Proposal
wt.cg_n Name of the Content Group

Used to configure the appropriate Webtrends advanced feature. These are just some of the more popular ones. These appear in your META tags. – showing you the web page, the source (meta tag), the log files entry and the subsequent WT report. Example:

<meta name="wt.cg_n" content="My content">
Webtrends Parameters Proposal
wt.cg_s Name of Content Sub-Group

Used to configure the appropriate Webtrends advanced feature. These are just some of the more popular ones. These appear in your META tags. – showing you the web page, the source (meta tag), the log files entry and the subsequent WT report. Example:

<meta name="wt.cg_s" content="My content">
Webtrends Parameters Proposal
WT.si_n Scenario analysis parameter - scenario name

This defines a scenario name for the page or set of pages to be included in the scenario. This in turn produces a funnel type report in Webtrends. Example:

<meta name="WT.si_n" content="my_scenario_name">
Webtrends Parameters. Proposal
WT.si_p Scenario analysis parameter - scenario step name

This defines a scenario step name for the page or set of pages to be included in the scenario. This in turn produces a funnel type report in Webtrends. It works when paired with metedata tag name WT.si_n. Example:

<meta name="WT.si_p" content="my_scenario_step_name">
Webtrends Parameters. Proposal
WT.si_x Scenario analysis parameter - scenario step number

This defines a scenario step number for the page or set of pages to be included in the scenario. This in turn produces a funnel type report in Webtrends. It works when paired with metedata tag name WT.si_n, and as an alternative to Wt.si_p. Example:

<meta name="WT.si_x" content="my_scenario_step_number">
Webtrends Parameters. Proposal
wt.ac Advertising Click parameter

When a visitor to your site clicks on an ad, that action is referred to as an Ad Click. The following META tag tracks advertising clicks:

<META NAME="WT.ac" CONTENT="name">

Defines the name of the advertisement clicked to reach a particular web page. The Ad Click must contain an external redirect back to the client. The redirect needs to include the necessary code to generate a hit to the SDC server. You can designate multiple Advertising Clicks using semicolons. Examples:

<a href="file111.html?WT.ac=CONTENT111">
<a href="file222.html?WT.ac=CONTENT222">

The name of the advertisement clicked to reach a particular web page. To capture this information with DCS, the Advertising Click must contain an external redirect back to the client. The redirect needs to

include the necessary code to generate a hit to the DCS. The maximum length for each name is 64 bytes.

Webtrends Parameters Proposal
wt.ad Advertising View parameter

Visitors often view advertisements that they do not necessarily click on. You can use On-Site Advertising to determine the number of visitors to your web site who view particular ads. With this feature you can produce advertising reports for each of your clients. If you are selling advertising space on your web site, for example, you can collect traffic statistics to help determine pricing schedules. The following META tag tracks advertising views:

<meta name="WT.ad" content="My content">

An Ad View occurs when a visitor views a page containing an ad. An ad is a link or graphic that contains an Ad Click parameter in the query portion of it's URL.

Webtrends Parameters Proposal
wt.mc_id Identifies the ID of the marketing campaign

To attract new students, a university launches a marketing campaign by sending recruitment email to all graduating high school seniors in a metropolitan area. The email links to a special landing page in the university’s web site, containing the following META tag to track marketing campaigns. Example:

<META NAME="WT.mc_id" CONTENT="1X2GG34">

You may use this parameter on the URL. Example:

<a href="link?WT.mc_id=1X2GG34">

The Campaign ID 1X2GG34 represents recruits to be contacted by email

Webtrends Parameters Proposal
wt.sv Tracking Servers parameter

If your site is hosted on multiple servers, a server cluster, or a server farm, and you want to evaluate the performance of your load balancer, Webtrends can track page views for each server. To do so, populate the following META tag on all pages on each server: Example:

<meta name="WT.sv" content="My Server">

Defines the name of the machine that serves the web page. If you have two servers (Server1 and Server2), you would make two copies of the META tag and designate CONTENT=“Server1” for deployment to pages on the first server and CONTENT=“Server2” for deployment to the same pages on the second server. For a server farm, you can extract the value of the built-in server name and dynamically assign it to the META tag using server-side scripting. Example:

<meta name="WT.sv" content="Server1">
<meta name="WT.sv" content="Server2">

An Ad View occurs when a visitor views a page containing an ad. An ad is a link or graphic that contains an Ad Click parameter in the query portion of it's URL.

About WT.ad. Proposal
wt.ti Tracking Page Titles

You may want to modify a page title before sending it to Webtrends in the following cases:

  • You are dealing with dynamic content pages identified by URL parameters, and the page title represents the title of the base URL page rather than the dynamic content page.

Unless you modify the page titles, all pages have the same title in the reports.

  • All pages have been assigned the same title, for reasons of style or company policy.

Even though URLs are displayed in addition to page title, the entire URL cannot be depended upon to distinguish one page from another. Use server-side scripts to change the title to something that reflects the content of the pages so that you can identify them in reports. Next, pass the customized page titles to Webtrends, using the following META tag:

<META NAME="WT.ti" CONTENT="title">

Defines the name of the title for this page.

Webtrends Parameters Proposal
y_key Used to verify ownership for Yahoo! Site Explorer Yahoo! documentation Proposal
yandex-verification Used to verify ownership for Yandex Webmaster. Yandex Webmaster ownership verification Proposal
ZOOMCATEGORY Category of page to be grouped in Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal
ZOOMDESCRIPTION Alternative page description for Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal
ZOOMIMAGE URL to image to be displayed alongside result in Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal
ZOOMPAGEBOOST Page boost factor to increase or decrease the relevance of page in Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal
ZOOMTITLE Alternative page title for Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal
ZOOMWORDS Additional keywords to be indexed for Wrensoft Zoom Search Engine. Wrensoft Zoom Meta Documentation Proposal

Proposals that don't meet the requirements for a registration

Note that these proposals can be moved back to the registry table if the problems listed in the rightmost column of this table are addressed.

Keyword Brief description Link to specification Synonyms Status Registration requirement failure
gm-gpx-v Wordpress Plugin Google Maps GPX Viewer Google Maps GPX Viewer Incomplete proposal Claimed spec link is not a link to a spec
og:title Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
og:type Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
og:url Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
og:image Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
og:site_name Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
fb:admins Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
og:description Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
fb:page_id Open Graph Protocol by Facebook developers Facebook developers Incomplete proposal The spec specifies this to be a value of the property attribute--not a meta keyword
audience To aid search engines in classifying and to aid directory compilers, an audience most appropriate for the page may be suggested. Subject matter may not be a good clue; for example, an analysis of children's literature may be directed to teachers.
A value is free-form case-insensitive text without a comma. Multiple values are to be comma-separated. Singular and plural forms have the same meaning.
Recognized values:
-- "all" and "everyone", which have the same meaning
-- "adult" and "mature" have the same meaning and are for content that only adults may access, but no one responsible for preventing a nonadult or the immature from accessing the page or its content should rely on either or both of these values to do so without other means (not the same as "grownup", which see)
-- "child" and "juvenile", which have the same meaning
-- "teen"
-- "grownup" is not identical to "adult" or "mature" in not implying a precise boundary but is approximately any person who may be able to understand and apply the content (e.g., car driving instruction that may be read by a minor not yet old enough to drive a car but who would likely benefit from somewhat early exposure to the instruction)
-- "parent" to include guardian and temporary caregiver
-- "teacher" to include professor and ad hoc instructor
-- "elementary school student" to include any student below high school
-- "high school student"
-- "elhi" to include any student in elementary school through high school
-- "college student" including graduate and professional school
-- "business" including management, finance, and prospective customers (this includes e-commerce and investor sites)
-- "health" including any health care provider including alternative and ad hoc
-- "patient" for any health care recipient
-- "lawyer" including judge, paralegal, and jailhouse lawyer
-- "law client" for any prospective recipient of a lawyer's service (not usually a social work client) with lawyer including paralegal and jailhouse lawyer but not necessarily judge
-- "craft" for any craftworker including laborer and artisan
-- "artist" including musician, actor, dancer, and sculptor and including creator and performer
-- "military" including paramilitary
-- "news" including any consumer of rapidly-developing news
-- "introductory" and "beginner", which have the same meaning
-- "intermediate" and "midlevel", which have the same meaning
-- "advanced" and "advance", which have the same meaning
-- "scholarly" and "scholar", which have the same meaning
-- "popular" generally referring to a writing style
-- "older" including retiree
-- "institution" including from corporation to conspiracy (such as for management advice)
-- "government" including agencies and prospective politicians
-- values using any integer or single-digit decimal in the form of "grade 8" or "grade 6.4" including to refer to a reading comprehension level (this generally will not exceed 12 and might be meaningless above 20 so higher values may be interpreted as the highest meaningful value)
-- "viewers" for when content (such as a movie) is intended almost entirely to be seen rather than read
-- "listeners" for when content (such as music) is intended almost entirely to be heard rather than read but not generally including text-to-speech support
-- "tts", "text-to-speech", or "text to speech", which three have the same meaning and which are for a page that has substantial support for TTS or that will be readily understood through TTS without need for such support (TTS is often aided by, e.g., pre-resolving pronunciation ambiguities in page coding)
-- values using any numbers in the form of "3-6 years old", whether a range or a single-number value
-- values using any decade in the form of "born in 1970s"
Unrecognized values such as "botanists", "Texans", and "writers who use red ink" may be used but at a risk that a search engine or directory editor will either fail to recognize it or will interpret it in unpredictable ways, or will in the future.
Spellings that are erroneous or slightly different from a recognized value may be interpreted by a search engine or directory editor as representing a recognized value.
The absence of the keyword defaults to a value of "all" but without overriding another indication arrived at by other means.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
blogcatalog Used to verify ownership of Blog Catalog.com Blog catalog site Incomplete proposal Claimed spec link is not a link to a spec
bot-. . . Robot owners, to allow page authors access to robotic capabilities, e.g., to deny them, should prefix "bot-" to the name of their robot, especially for proprietary bots.
Example: If a robot were to be named "dullbucklequiz", the name in the meta element would be "bot-dullbucklequiz".
The value "bot-" alone represents all bots so prefixed, like a wildcard.
Arguably, there's no need for a list here of any specific bots if http://user-agents.org or http://www.botsvsbrowsers.com/ (and perhaps other sites) is reliable.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec, tries to register a space of names instead of enumerated names
created The datetime at which the document was created. The value is an ISO8601 date. The date MUST follow the W3C Profile of ISO 8601 with a granularity of "Complete date:" or finer. The BBC use this name. Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
creator The creator is an off-Web or pre-Web creator of a work for which an author authored a Web page, so that the creator and the author may be different people.
Searching for one content creator's work requires a standard robot-parsable format for the information. A personal name, institutional name, or other text entry is permissible.
One element represents only one creator. Multiple creators are to be represented with multiple tags.
Search engines may index by any component of a name, so a content creator need only enter a name once in one first-last or family-given order (e.g., Pat Thunderbird or Thunderbird, Pat, but not requiring both).
Talk Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec


msnbot Synonym of robots for targeting Bing only. Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
ia_archive Synonym of robots for targeting Internet Archive and Alexa only. Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
datetime-coverage The author may be the best expert on which time frame is most relevant to the content. Leaving that to search engine analysis may be too chancy without search engine optimization, which analysis is difficult to apply by algorithm to, e.g., historical papers that may focus on the 1800s but mention 1731 and 1912 perhaps unimportantly.
The value for this keyword is a date or time -- not a range and not vague, for which other keywords are proposed -- in a format in accordance with http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime (albeit a note that's at W3C only for discussion). Any of the six levels of granularity in that note are acceptable, such as expressing only a year.
Should this keyword appear more than once, all the values so appearing are determinative. Multiple values are to be expressed with separate meta elements lest the note be revised in the future in a way incompatible with comma-separating a list.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
property="og:*" Metadata used by the Open Graph protocol (used by Facebook). Note: currently these are defined as: <meta property="og.*" content="x"/> FAQ About the Open Graph protocol from Facebook. Doesn't belong in this registry Not a value to be used in the name attribute
datetime-coverage-end This is identical to the keyword datetime-coverage except that it represents only the end. If this keyword is used without datetime-coverage-start (also proposed), its value is interpreted as ending a range without a start.
Should this keyword appear more than once, all the values so appearing are determinative, in which case each represents the end of a different range assumed to be nonnesting. Example: If four elements happen to be in the order of datetime-coverage-end=1865, datetime-coverage-start=1914, datetime-coverage-end=1918, and datetime-coverage-start=1862, assuming proper formatting, the ranges should be interpreted as 1862-1865 and 1914-1918.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
datetime-coverage-start This is identical to the keyword datetime-coverage except that it represents only the start. If this keyword is used without datetime-coverage-end (also proposed), its value is interpreted as starting a range without an end.
Should this keyword appear more than once, all the values so appearing are determinative, in which case each represents the start of a different range assumed to be nonnesting. Example: If four elements happen to be in the order of datetime-coverage-start=1862, datetime-coverage-start=1914, datetime-coverage-end=1865, and datetime-coverage-end=1918, assuming proper formatting, the ranges should be interpreted as 1862-1865 and 1914-1918.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
datetime-coverage-vague This is identical to the keyword datetime-coverage except that its value is not necessarily crisp. This keyword should be used only when datetime-coverage, datetime-coverage-start, and datetime-coverage-end are inappropriate, but there's no ban on using all four. Any text without a comma can be the value (e.g., Pleistocene, 1820s, Tuesdays, or before we were born); multiple values are comma-separated.
If this keyword is used with datetime-coverage, datetime-coverage-start, or datetime-coverage-end, the vague value should be exploited along with the value/s for the other keyword/s.
Should this keyword appear more than once, all are determinative.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
DC. Dublin Core, maintained by Dublin Core MetaData Initiative (DCMI), is an extensive system with some overlap with non-DC names.
This reserves all strings that begin with DC and a dot. Not true; DC-HTML doesn't use hardwired prefixes, but defines the prefixes using link/@rel="scheme.prefix"
DCMI Incomplete proposal Tries to register a space of names instead of enumerated names
dir-content-pointer When several pages in a directory include main content, a table of contents, an index, and the like, a search engine may be able to organize results more usefully by identifying which is which with a standard vocabulary, helpful when different publishers use different conventions when displaying or printing content.
A value is free-form case-insensitive text without a comma and optionally with a trailing number. Multiple values are to be comma-separated (multiple values are appropriate when one document serves multiple purposes). Singular and plural forms have the same meaning.
Recognized values, which are pointer types to which numbers may be suffixed, are limited to "start" meaning 'the first page that should be seen by a user' (this may be anywhere in the directory and anywhere within content), "toc" meaning 'table of contents', "intro" including introductions, forewords, prefaces, and tables of figures, "abstract", "main", "bibliography" and "biblio", which have the same meaning, "index" which may mean 'sitemap' or not, "afterword" and "update" which have the same meaning and need not actually update, "credit" meaning 'credits and acknowledgments', and "author bio" meaning 'author's biography', including any information about the author including credentials and contact information. The number suffix may be spaceless or not.
When numbers are suffixed, a search engine or directory should arrange like items in numerical order in the results, with unnumbered items following like items that are numbered, e.g., intro 1, intro 2, main 1, main 2, main, main, and so on.
Each directory and each subdirectory has its own sequence.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
expires meta name='expires' defines the expiration date of the page. This can be used for web pages in preparation for an upcoming event, e.g. a registration form for an exposition or competition, or other cases with a pre-set date when the document will no longer be valid, e.g. a product offer in a special sale or a support page for a product known not to be supported anymore from a given time onward.

Search engines should respond to this meta tag in a reasonable way, i.e. by removing the page from their main search results after the expiration date (possibly still returning the result in a special search for expired pages as long as the page exists and is not explicitly excluded via robots.txt or meta name='robots' etc.) or simply by indicating to the user that this result is out-of-date.

The content attribute should define the expiration date in accordance with http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime . The meta tag should not be used for pages without expiration date. However, for historical reasons, search engines should also interpret other date formats where possible and should be prepared to find values such as "", "0", "no" and "never". Such non-date values are to be interpreted as no expiration date.

Correctly formatted example:

<meta name='expires' content='2012-12-31T23:59Z'>

This tag is not to be confused with and has a different meaning than meta http-equiv='expires'.

Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
format-print This is to allow a user agent to inform an operating system or a printer driver of the preferred print medium, such as the paper size.
A value is free-form case-insensitive text without a comma. Multiple values are to be comma-separated (multiple values might be appropriate because standard paper sizes vary around the world). Singular and plural forms have the same meaning.
Recognized values are limited to "letter", "A4", "legal", "A5", "B5", "monarch", "envelope 10" meaning size #10, "envelope 6-3-4" meaning size #6 3/4, values with integers and decimals in the form of "8.5 x 11" or "8.5x11" in which spacing of the "x" does not affect meaning, "paper", which means 'paper of the default color (usually white) and weight (usually 20-lb. stock)', "white", "yellow", "pink", "blue", "green", "violet", or "multicolor", which means a medium of the given color or mixed, "letterhead", "p2 letterhead" meaning 'letterhead intended for any page except the first', "watermark" meaning a 'special watermark such as an organization's own', and "plain" meaning 'not preprinted and not letterhead (it may have a paper manufacturer's watermark not related to letterhead)'.
Omitting "paper" when another recognized value is given defaults to an implied meaning of 'paper' with the other value; e.g., "letter" means 'letter paper'; the same principle applies to a medium's color (the default being white for paper and colorless for transparency) and plainness or lack thereof (the default being plain).
Other values should be proposed before being recognized here. Label sizes should be proposed here for labels that are not on backing sheets that fit one of the recognized values, e.g., labels on narrow rolls. Blueprint paper sizes should be proposed here. Media other than standard paper, such as onion skin, heavier paper, card, and clear or color transparency, should be proposed here.
The user agent may, with the user's or user sysadmin's permission (as by a menu-driven default), interpret a value to offer an alternative the user might accept and software and firmware other than the UA may interpret a value to the same end with or without permission, so this keyword is only suggestive; e.g., "letter" may be interpreted as "A4".
The absence of the keyword defaults to a value determined by other than the page, e.g., by the printer driver or the user agent.
Talk Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
geographic-coverage The author may be the best expert on the geographic relevance of the content. Leaving that to search engine analysis may be too chancy without search engine optimization, which analysis is difficult to apply by algorithm to, e.g., historical papers and epidemiological studies which may mention locales only once.
Absence of the keyword defaults to a value of world (not universe), unless the search engine chooses to interpret the page or larger unit for some other value, probably based on other than just contact information given in the website.
The value for this keyword is a semicolon-separated list of one or more place-values, the order of which do not matter. One place-value will use commas to separate, in order, an optional standard natural language symbol applicable to the place-value (when omitted the language applicable to the page will control), a place-class, one or more place-subclasses if any, and one or more place name parts (where, e.g., in "Cape Town, South Africa", "Cape Town" is a place name part but "Town" is not). Spaces after semicolons and commas are optional; spaces within place-values are present when required for each place-value (e.g., "Quezon City", not an invented "QuezonCity").
To distinguish names that might otherwise be too similar, place-classes, all lower-case and hyphenatably spaceless, include outer-space, region (on Earth and crossing or larger than a nation, e.g., southern hemisphere, polar region, temperate zone, or Asia), intntl-water (an 'international water body'), intntl-agcy ('international agency' or 'international collection', e.g., all U.N. member nations), nation, within-nation (limited to only one political level down from nation, e.g., state, province, territory, possession, city not included within other political units of a nation, or any comparable unit), city (including town, village, hamlet, and any comparable political unit below the level of within-nation), addr (including address, full-length street, building, institution, and neighborhood without political boundaries), pol-unit (pol abbreviating 'political') (e.g., a place of disputed nationhood), hist-pol-unit (hist abbreviating 'historical') (e.g., the Roman Empire), feature (e.g., river), num (e.g., latitude and longitude or outer-space equivalent in numbers), and ethereal (including thealogical/theological, fictional including from modern popular entertainment, and ancient secular mythical, but not including that which is asserted to be a state of mind or existence but not a place, such as nirvana). (Example for one hypothetical page: name="geographic-coverage" content="region, sub-Saharan Africa; nation, Panama; city, Panama, Panama; within-nation, Sao Paulo, Brazil; city, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; within-nation, Mississippi, United States of America; region, Middle East; region, Midwest, United States of America; hist-pol-unit, Northwest Territory, United States of America; feature, river, Indus; outer-space, Indus; ethereal, ultima Thule; ethereal, Heaven; ethereal, Flatland; ethereal, Valhalla; en-US, addr, Hotel Valhalla, Fredrikstad, Norway; es, nation, Espana" (Indus is both a river and a constellation, illustrating the need for place-classes)).
Ambiguity of place-values should be avoided despite convenience in coding because search engines may each interpret them as they see fit, e.g., it would be hard for an engine to distinguish New York from New York.
For consistency of spelling, several authority lists should be settled upon, with legal, well-known, and disputed names and common abbreviations all being acceptable; but I'm not proposing one here now (relying on IANA's ccTLD list might be too complex to implement and still assure coding consistency, e.g., occasionally ccTLDs can be phased out and off of IANA's list) (a standard vocabulary possibly usable here is the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online, subject to licensing and charset choice); and promulgating authority lists may best be done publicly by search engine managements, who may disagree with each other.
Allowing Unicode for non-Roman alphabet-using locales is desirable, but at present that may raise technical problems, including computer security issues, that are not yet readily soluble.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
google-translate-customization Used to verify ownership for Website Translator. <meta name="google-translate-customization" content="Your Website Code Goes Here. Generated When Adding The Google Translate Plugin To Your Site" /> Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
keywords-not A comma-separated list of negative keywords that distinguish a closely-related theme from this page's true theme, to support Boolean NOT searches often more realistically than visible text can, especially when both themes share the same lexicon.
If keywords is no longer a supported name for a meta element, keywords-not is superfluous; however, debate has been revived on whether keywords should be supported or not; see the keywords entry in this Wiki.
W3C Bug 6609 Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
nextgen Used for nextgen gallery plugin in wordpress Alexa FAQ About this meta attribute Reference Incomplete proposal Unrelated spec link
page-datetime Better ranking in search engine results for recency or relevance to an event date would be aided by a standard format robots can parse. Users would save search time by not having to load many pages to find which ones are new or date-relevant.
To supply a consistent and known format, the value for this keyword is a date-time expression formed in accordance with http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime (albeit a note that's at W3C only for discussion). Any of the six levels of granularity in that note are acceptable, such as expressing only a year.
Should this keyword appear more than once, only the first one so appearing is determinative.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
page-version Pages may be revised several times daily. While date-time given to a granularity of a fraction of a second would often suffice, when a page has to be approved more than once before posting, any or no such time may be correct (without this keyword, a comment could be necessary but probably not parsable by an engine). In addition, versions regardless of date may show consecutiveness and can replace a date that must be vague. In that case, a version number may be more useful for searches and so a robot-parsable format is needed.
The keyword's value is stated in ASCII digits, is any nonnegative base-10 rational number expressed as an integer or a decimal, with any number of decimal places allowed, and may be padded with any number of leading zeros to support extraction for ASCII sorting.
Should this keyword appear more than once, only the first one so appearing is determinative.
The versions 0 and 0.n, with n being to any number of places, signify beta versions, i.e., drafts, in the tradition of beta software, while versions 1 and higher ordinarily signify final-release versions. After a final-release version is released, a draft of a later version is not given a version number of 0 or 0.n, but is numbered higher than the last final-release version. It is suggested to page authors that draft status, if applicable, be shown in the visibly displayed text of the page, rather than that this meta tag be relied upon as the sole notice of draft status, as it may be inadequate notice if alone.
To assign a low page-version such as 0.n or 1, the page's URL, if static, may be used as the relevant premise. Thus, if a page is copied or moved to a new URL, the author may choose to restart page-version numbering from 0.n or 1. If a page's URL is dynamic, e.g., if created on the fly from a script, the page author may prefer to use as the relevant premise for assigning a low page-version such as 0.n or 1 the URL of the script or other technology that generates the dynamic-URL page, placing this meta element containing this attribute within the script or other technology, not within the generating page's head element (the generating page's head element may have its own meta element with this attribute describing the generating page). If one page containing the script or other technology that generates another page has more than one means for generating dynamic-URL pages, each means should contain its own meta element with this attribute. Page-version is thus largely independent of the page's date, although both would likely advance roughly in parallel.
Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
resolutions Authoring web sites to use resolution independent images that display beautifully on high-resolution displays should be made as easy as possible for developers and should not require JavaScript to accomplish.

To accomplish this, I propose a new HTML Meta Tag, resolutions, that can be used to specify that high-resolution versions of images linked to from the page are available and that the browser should use them in place of the lower-resolution default images if it detects that a user is using a high-resolution screen. The resolutions meta tag lists the device-pixel ratios supported by images in the page.

So, for example…

<meta name="resolutions" content="2x">

… means that the developer is telling the browser that she has created 2x resolution images for the images linked to from the current page and named them with a @2x suffix.

To illustrate, if her image tag is as follows…

<img src="/images/flower.jpg" alt="A flower">

… then she has two image files under /images: the low-resolution default (flower.jpg), and a higher-resolution (200%) version named flower@2x.jpg.

(This is the same naming convention already used by Apple in its Cocoa Touch framework for automatically loading in higher-resolution versions of images.)

Based on the meta tag, if the browser detects that the user is running at a min-device-pixel-ratio of 2.0, it will automatically ask for the 2x version of the image (flower@2x.jpg) instead of the default image as specified in the image tag.

Finally, so as not to flood external sites with high-resolution image requests, this functionality would only work for local images specified via relative links.

Multiple resolutions

The resolutions tag can also contain a list of supported device-pixel ratios so as to support even higher-resolution displays when and if they become available in the future.

For example:

<meta name="resolutions" content="2x, 4x, 8x">

In this case, the developer would provide 2x, 4x, and 8x versions of all images. So, in the running example, she would make flower.jpg, flower@2x.jpg, flower@4x.jpg, and flower@8x.jpg.

Advantages

The advantages of this approach are several:

  1. Makes it very simple for developers to support high-resolution displays like the iPhone 4's Retina screen
  2. Does not require JavaScript
  3. Does not change the default way that things work (if the meta tag is not specified, the browser simply behaves as it always has).
Proposal for native browser support of high-resolution image substitution

How to make your web content look stunning on the iPhone 4’s new Retina display

Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
rights As a page effectively appears in at least two forms, usually one as interpreted and displayed on a device and the other as source code, arguably intellectual property rights that must be asserted must be asserted in ways understandable in both contexts. For example, &copy; is a raw representation that may legally fail as part of copyright notice to someone seeing source code and not the display, important when someone wants to copy source code for use elsewhere and may rely on a defense of innocent infringement (at least in U.S.). While such assertions can be made in a comment element, it may be helpful to have a tag that search engines can parse and index verbatim.
The value may include standard and nonstandard notices, invocations of licenses such as GFDL and ASCAP, and any other information. Content is defined as free-form, leaving the page author discretion for the entry.
Statements in one tag may discuss several portions of the page differently, e.g., with different licenses.
More than one license may be offered, along with the page's relationship to all.
Not all statements need be license grants. A statement may state whom to ask for reprint permission or may reserve all rights, for example.
Only one meta tag with this keyword may be present. Page authors must not use more than one. A UA finding multiple such tags on one page must ignore all of them.
The copyright symbol that would be generated by its character entity is not recommended for legal notice in source code when the word 'Copyright' may be used instead, because the entity may be read in raw form, but use is up to the page author. The same concept applies to any intellectual property rights symbol for which a suitable alternative is available, such as for trademark or service mark.
ASCII text would not suffice when a name or notice legally may have to be in a non-Roman alphabet, but no alternative may yet exist in HTML5.
Search engine storage may impose a length limit, but, because of legal consequences, if the value's length exceeds a given limit the search index should retain or interpret none of it but only refer to it.
The content string may only be copied verbatim in its full length, referred to, or ignored. It may not be, for example, paraphrased, truncated, interpreted, or classified except in addition to being copied verbatim in its full length.
Ignoring shall not void, nullify, or alter any rights stated in such tag.
For the synonymy, IP, IP-rights, and IP-right are not reserved; while the abbreviation IP 'intellectual property' is common among attorneys in the U.S., page authors will more likely be computerate, and the abbreviation may be wanted for 'Internet Protocol'.
Talk Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec
subj-. . . To classify by subject a page's content, a standard subject taxonomy that will be recognized by a search engine or directory will help. Because many such high-quality taxonomies exist, only a prefix is proposed. Over time, particular taxonomies, in print or online, may be recognized here and keywords assigned for each.
The keyword will be constructed case-insensitively with subkeywords in the form subj-[nationAbbrev]-[taxonomy]-[edition][-optionalSubedition], e.g., subj-US-MeSH-2009online (perhaps). After "subj-", the second subkeyword will identify the nation where the taxonomy is published or offered as an aid in identifying the taxonomy and does not limit the subject coverage; e.g., a taxonomy published in Japan may be ideal for classifying Canadian botany or Peruvian economy.
As subject values may vary between editions of one taxonomy, an edition and optionally a subedition is to be identified in the third and optionally the fourth subkeywords. The subedition, if any, is any update or revision occurring between editions, such that a value drawn from that edition and subedition is stable. The means of identifying edition and subedition should be included in the registration of a keyword.
Examples of taxonomies from the U.S. include MeSH (medical) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The value identifying a subject for a Web page will be drawn from the cited taxonomy's edition and subedition.
If the value should have a style to prevent ambiguity in interpretation, that style is to be registered here for that keyword. Multiple values are expressed with multiple meta elements, one value for each, since comma-separation is probably not compatible with all taxonomies.
If a value requires case-sensitivity to prevent confusion, the entry here registering the keyword must accommodate that need with the needs of HTML 5 with an appropriate rule. To that end, a proposal to allow case-sensitivity in meta tags under some circumstances has been offered in the W3C bug reporting system.
W3C Bug 6854 subject-. . . Incomplete proposal Lacks link to a spec, tries to register a space of names instead of enumerated names


nibbler-site-verification Used to verify ownership of Nibbler site Nibbler site Incomplete proposal Claimed spec link does not link to a spec
MSSmartTagsPreventParsing Microsoft introduced into Internet Explorer 6 Beta a feature that some website designers wished to preclude from applying in order to prevent public misunderstanding of their websites. The feature allowed a browser to add information but at a risk that users wouldn't know that it wasn't supplied by the website. This keyword was provided by Microsoft for those of us who wanted it.
Its value was "TRUE". Microsoft spelled the keyword with some capitals and the value in all capitals but whether capitalization was required for either is unknown; some opinions vary. Since it need be understood by only one browser, and that one a beta version, full standards compliance should not be assumed, and original case may be required. (This tag is used by Google: "<meta content='true' name='MSSmartTagsPreventParsing'/>" appeared (with internal quote marks as singles) in the source code for <http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/listening-to-google-health-users.html>, as accessed 4-27-09.)
Microsoft has apparently removed this instruction from its website on the ground that the beta version is no longer available and is not supported, but that doesn't assure that some users aren't still using the beta browser, perhaps inadvertently. Therefore, designers may wish to continue using the keyword and value and they are preserved here.
e.g., The Register (U.K.), Univ. Oregon (U.S.) (PDF p. 18), & John Chambers (U.S.) (job résumé near root), all as accessed 4-19-09 Incomplete proposal Lacks spec, potentially never minted by MS as a meta name (as opposed to a http-equiv value), even if minted by Microsoft, abandoned before shipping in any final release of IE

Failed Proposals

Keyword Brief description Link to more details Synonyms Status
cache This doesn't actually work; use HTTP headers instead.
Value must be "public", "private", or "no-cache". Intended as a simple way to tell user agents whether to store a copy of the document or not. An alternate for HTTP/1.1's cache-control; for publishers without access to modifying cache-control.
none Unendorsed
no-email-collection HTML5 prohibits URL-valued meta names. They should be rel keywords instead.
Intended to reference legal policy of web site indicating that harvesting of e-mail addresses on the site is not permitted and in violation of applicable laws such as the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
Project Honey Pot Unendorsed

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