WCAG 1.0 Double A Checkpoint 13.2

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“Provide metadata to add semantic information to pages and sites.”

Metadata is information about data. The <meta> element can specify metadata for a document including keywords, and information about the author.


<meta name="author" content="John Doe" />
<meta name="copyright" content="© 1997 Acme Corp." />
<meta name="keywords" content="corporate,guidelines,cataloging" />
<meta name="date" content="1994-11-06T08:49:37+00:00" />

In the following example, the author's name is given and is identified as being French:

<meta name="Author" lang="fr" content="Arnaud Le Hors" />

The <meta> element is a generic mechanism for specifying metadata. However, some HTML elements and attributes already handle certain pieces of metadata and may be used by authors instead of <meta> to specify those pieces. These are:

  • the <title> element
  • the <address> element
  • the <ins> and <del> elements
  • and the title and cite attributes

Checkmark icon Note: Meta tags provide many features which expose your content in many ways to many technologies. Refer to online resources for further reading on this subject.