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Web spiders (also called robots) are a great resource for people searching the Internet, but they present a problem to Web page designers who want their pages to be seen and properly indexed. One popular solution to this behavior is to use the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) META element.
The META element is placed in the HEAD element to embed document meta-information that is not defined by other HEAD elements. This embedded information can be extracted by servers and clients to identify, index, and catalog specialized document meta-information.
META elements are added to the HEAD section of an HTML document, and can be written in one of two forms: META NAME and META HTTP-EQUIV.
NAME elements are used to specify user variables, or variables that can be used by a client, such as a Web spider.
HTTP-EQUIV elements are used to specify system variables and are treated as part of the HTTP response header, which is normally sent by the Web server.
These META elements resemble the following examples when viewed in HTML: