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Dean Onizuka
Dean Onizuka
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purpose of this meta tag

made simple websites before without the use of a meta tag. can anyone explain to me the purpose of this tag and what it does?

<meta charset="utf-8">

2 Answers

meta data is basically information about the data on the page. It isn't displayed but is read by web crawlers or for example search engines like google.

For example:

<meta name="description" content="blog about coding">

Here I'm telling google that the data is a "description" of the site, and the description is "blog about coding".

you can use meta for many things including keywords like below:

<meta name="keywords" content="ruby, ios, python, rails, programming">

So here I'm just telling google about what keywords to index my site by.

Hello Dean,

The meta tag is for non-user information. For instance it can contain information for use by the browser, like the title of the webpage, or search engines, like keywords to describe the page.

-Agapito