Extreme HTML Optimization: Minimize the HEAD
Extreme HTML Optimization
Minimize the HEAD
Browser interact with servers in discrete-sized packets. By minimizing the size of your page's HEAD, you can speed your content's initial display. The HEAD must be parsed before the rest of the page is rendered.
Conditional META Tags
To make the search engine spiders happy, while saving space for browsers visiting your site, you can use conditional SSI META tags. We adopted this approach on WebRef's home page:
Note if the server detects a "Mozilla" browser (Netscape, IE, or Opera in default mode) it displays no META tags, otherwise it does. Sharp-eyed readers will also note that these meta tags are too long. Try and limit yourself to 200 characters for meta tags. We recently removed the conditional SSI meta tags on the home page as websitegarage.com complains if we don't include them.
Browsers seem to like lines of 255 characters or less. Also, some HTML e-mail programs raise an overflow virus warning flag if your lines are too long, so it's best to stick with 200 characters or less for your META tags, and 255 for lines of HTML code.
There's no need to use commas to separate keywords, just use spaces as search engines ignore the commas.
Revised: Mar. 19, 2001