In HTML you can use
author meta tag (or the DC creator) to indicate that someone is the author of the information (i.e. content). However, I want to be able to sign myself as a web application developer in meta tags.
Most people are (in my opinion) mal uso los
author meta tag for the web application developer signature. For example when you develop blogging application, the author should be the article writer, not the application developer. But the name of the application developer is still useful meta information.
Yo creo que el comúnmente utilizado set of meta tags is incomplete, because it does not offer a meta tag for this kind of information. Am I right, or did I miss something? What would you suggest?
Meta tags in digital publishing are closely following meta model used in paper publishing and libraries. The set of Dublin Core elements might be good example for that. If we use this analogy, then editor might be what I am looking for. Still, I feel that it is not. Publisher might be someone else than the web developer. Can you find better analogy with the paper world?
preguntado el 02 de febrero de 12 a las 10:02
Guess it's the typesetter!
I use three things:
- a humans.txt file
- If the site gives permission, a link in the footer to my site "Web design by …"
x-author: My Business Nameheader sent with the php.
The last one is a little pointless, but it's more there so a future developer who takes over might be able to have a clue who I am!
You can use pretty much any
name atributo en un
meta tag, just as you like. The tags will be ignored anyway, except perhaps when the document is processed by some site-specific indexing robot or something similar. It’s largely comparable to a comment.
Puedes comprobar http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/the-meta-element.html#the-meta-element (y http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/MetaExtensions which is referred to by it) and then decide to use
dcterms.contributor. Or maybe invent your own, like
Calling an application developer an author is quite OK. “Author” does not mean just a creator of a literary work.
The word author in this context is ambiguous. The author of a web page might be either the author of the html/xml (as stated here http://www.webmarketingnow.com/tips/meta-tags-meta-author.html) or as you claim, it may be the author of the text content of the page.
There is also the web_author tag, to distinguish these two: http://www.metatags.info/meta_name_webauthor
This kind of ambiguity is common these days, in the world of IT, because the complexity of the situation was not considered beforehand. In general when using tags and references we need to be as specific to the context as we can.
I agree with you that the list of meta tags are not complete, but the purpose of meta tags is not very clear anyway. It seems that these days people use them for other indexing services than SEO (http://webdesign.about.com/od/metatagsbasics/f/why-use-meta-tags.htm). Since there indexing services are arbitrary, the actual use of this content is also arbitrary. In other words there is no way to say whether an indexing service will look for html/xml authors or text authors.
Thus, my answer is to be as specific as you can and need in the context. If there is only one person writing both html/xml and text content, that person can be referred to as author. However, since in your case you find the text content author to be the "author", you can add the web developer as "web_author". You may also use "web_application_developer", and promote this use. Of course, I think it's good also to use humans.txt.
After all, the web is being constantly developed, and we as humans are improving it for the future. The more we discuss and promote more precise and practical technology, the better the web will be. Even if one standard wouldn't survive, it may still have an impact for an even better solution for the future.