Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia
5.2.5. Associated Meta-information: META

Up: Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia
Up: Requests For Comments
Up: RFC 1866
Up: 5. Document Structure
Up: 5.2. Head: HEAD
Prev: 5.2.4. Link: LINK
Next: 5.2.6. Next Id: NEXTID

5.2.5. Associated Meta-information: META

5.2.5. Associated Meta-information: META

The <META> element is an extensible container for use in identifying specialized document meta-information. Meta-information has two main functions:

Each <META> element specifies a name/value pair. If multiple META elements are provided with the same name, their combined contents-- concatenated as a comma-separated list--is the value associated with that name.

HTTP servers may read the content of the document <HEAD> to generate header fields corresponding to any elements defining a value for the attribute HTTP-EQUIV.

Attributes of the META element:

binds the element to an HTTP header field. An HTTP server may use this information to process the document. In particular, it may include a header field in the responses to requests for this document: the header name is taken from the HTTP-EQUIV attribute value, and the header value is taken from the value of the CONTENT attribute. HTTP header names are not case sensitive.

specifies the name of the name/value pair. If not present, HTTP-EQUIV gives the name.

specifies the value of the name/value pair.


If the document contains:

    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires"
          CONTENT="Tue, 04 Dec 1993 21:29:02 GMT">
    <meta http-equiv="Keywords" CONTENT="Fred">
    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Reply-to"
          content=" (Roy Fielding)">
    <Meta Http-equiv="Keywords" CONTENT="Barney">

then the server may include the following header fields:

    Expires: Tue, 04 Dec 1993 21:29:02 GMT
    Keywords: Fred, Barney
    Reply-to: (Roy Fielding)

as part of the HTTP response to a `GET' or `HEAD' request for that document.

An HTTP server must not use the <META> element to form an HTTP response header unless the HTTP-EQUIV attribute is present.

An HTTP server may disregard any <META> elements that specify information controlled by the HTTP server, for example `Server', `Date', and `Last-modified'.

Next: 5.2.6. Next Id: NEXTID

Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia
5.2.5. Associated Meta-information: META