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Hour 3. Creating a Web Page > Using the HEAD Pane

Using the HEAD Pane

Of the three icons in the HEAD portion of your document, the first two are META tags. The META element provides information about the HTML page to either the server or the browser. Search engines also use information in META tags as part of their method of indexing sites, along with other criteria such as the page title. (For details on how to properly use META tags to work with search engines, please read Hour 24, “Making Your Web Site Search Engine Ready.”) The third icon in the HEAD section is the TITLE tag.

You have probably witnessed the workings of HEAD tags on a page and might not even have known it. Have you ever surfed to a page that had a message similar to “Our Web site has moved, we'll take you to the new site momentarily,” and within seconds another page loaded without you ever having touched your mouse? Have you ever entered a Web site and had a little window pop open automatically while the home page was loading without having clicked on anything? These things can occur as a result of instructions being given to the browser by the page.


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