Re: Meta Tag [and Knowledge Representation]

Davide Musella (
Mon, 20 Nov 1995 18:40:51 +0100 (MET)

> If minimal index size is not a consideration, you should also spend time
> looking at full-text indexing systems rather than using keywords in META
> tags. Back in 1971, Gerard Salton proved that a properly constructed
> full-text search system could provide better retrieval capabilities than the
> best keyword indexed system (ref.
Maybe this is the best way to catalogue a doc, but we are in a different
If I want to do a full-text indexing, I must have the complete html file, if I
use the Meta tag, i can ask only for the header and the HEAD is normaly the 5%
of the complete file.
We have also to look at the net resources, and to the band width.
The use of the Meta-Tag is not the best way, but only a good compromise among
CPU load, Net Load and a Good indexing system

Davide Musella