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Chapter 7. Utilizing Head Content > The Basics of Head Content

The Basics of Head Content

Head content might not be glamorous, but it’s also not difficult to understand and is extremely useful. This section looks at how head content is coded in HTML and interpreted by browsers, search engines, and so on. It also covers the interface for working with head content in Dreamweaver.

How Head Content Works in the Browser

A standard HTML page contains a head tag and a body tag. The body contains all the page content that will actually display in the browser window. The head contains a variety of information that won’t display (at least, not directly), although it can be accessed to determine how the page will be handled. Some head content is accessed by the browser; some is accessed by other programs, such as server software, search engines, and validation software; and some might not be accessed at all, except by humans who might view or edit the code. The W3C specifies several elements that a well-formed head section could use. Unfortunately, the browsers have not yet fully implemented them all, so you can’t take full advantage of the head.


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