Re: [htdig] Request for new htdig META property: htdig-description

Subject: Re: [htdig] Request for new htdig META property: htdig-description
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 12:35:01 PDT

According to Patrick Jennings:
> The META descriptions on my pages are written to entice people to pick
> my site over other sites in major search engines. So, they're not
> always appropriate for directing users within the site. In addition
> to the existing meta tags property htdig-keyword, it'd be very useful
> to have an htdig-description. EG:
> htdig-description
> The value allows you to specify an alternate excerpt (description) of
> a page. If the config-file attribute use_meta_htdig_description is
> used, then any documents with descriptions will use them instead of
> the automatically generated excerpts. The weight that words in the
> content string will have in search results is controlled by the
> meta_htdig_description_factor attribute in your configuration. If a
> document contains no htdig-description property, but does contain a
> description property, then the value for the description property is
> used.

Funny, someone asked for this just a couple weeks ago. The response
was either to use noindex_start and noindex_stop to get htdig to ignore
meta description tags, or to modify to get it to look for
htdig-description instead of simply description.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Phone:  (204)789-3766
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 3J7  (Canada)   Fax:    (204)789-3930

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