[rfc-i] Abstract for search engines

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Tue Feb 23 22:44:11 PST 2016

On 2016-02-24 04:48, John Levine wrote:
> In article <56CC1730.8030202 at gmx.de> you write:
>> <https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-iab-html-rfc-02#section-2> has:
>>>     o  The abstract must be marked up or tagged in a way that popular
>>>        search engines will extract it as a summary.
>> ...which is a good requirement (I asked for it :-). Back then, HTML's
>> description meta tag seemed to work, but that doesn't seem to be the
>> case anymore. Does anybody know what needs to be done nowadays?
> The search engine that people care about seems to be Google Scholar.  They

Actually, that's very incorrect. What most of the potential readers of 
IETF specs care about is Google.

> say you need meta tags at least for authors, title, and date, and it'll
> find the abstract in the HTML text:
> https://scholar.google.com/intl/us/scholar/inclusion.html#indexing
> If the abstract is short, you could put in in the description
> meta-tag, but long descriptions are likely to be ignored as SEO spam.

And that's what I'm currently doing, but it doesn't affect Google 
results (anymore; at least the abstract used to be found).

Best regards, Julian

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