Flare <meta> element outside the <head> section

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Flare <meta> element outside the <head> section

Postby StanDoherty on Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:32 am

Hi --
The <meta> element is available both in the <head> section of a Flare file and in running body text.

Its role in the <head> section is documented and clear.

What is the function and/or behavior of <meta> in running text? I cannot find much Flare documentation on it.

Specifically, what might the following examples do -- if anything:

Example-1:
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text text <meta>random metadata</meta> text text


Example-2:
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<MadCap:dropDown>
     <meta>no-topic-break</meta>
     dropDown1 content
</MadCap:dropDown>


Example-3:
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<MadCap:xref href="foo.htm#anchor">
     <meta>target-topic="path/path/foo.txt"</meta>
</MadCap:xref>


Just wondering whether <meta> in running text contains actual descriptive metadata (a no-op) -- which is what I want.

Thanx in advanced for any advice that you might have.

Stan
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Re: Flare <meta> element outside the <head> section

Postby Dave Lee on Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:56 pm

Did you read somewhere that meta tags can be used outside of the head?
Just I always thought the meta tag can only be used in the head section, which is also what it says in several HTML reference sites.

Also, I'm fairly sure you don't put content inside the meta tag like your example:
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<meta>content</meta>

I'm pretty sure it has to be included as attributes, like this:
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<meta name="name" content="content" />

See: https://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_meta.asp

Based on your example, could you not use data attributes?
See: https://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_global_data.asp
e.g.
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<MadCap:xref href="foo.htm#anchor" data-target-topic="path/path/foo.txt">
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Re: Flare <meta> element outside the <head> section

Postby StanDoherty on Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:35 pm

Hi --

MadCap documents how to use <meta> elements in the <head>, but does not mention that they should not be used in the body.

All the examples that I used are valid in the Flare Editor . . . paste them into a document:
- text text <meta>random metadata</meta> text text
- <MadCap:dropDown>
<meta>no-topic-break</meta>
dropDown1 content
</MadCap:dropDown>
- <MadCap:xref href="foo.htm#anchor">
<meta>target-topic="path/path/foo.txt"</meta>
</MadCap:xref>

I figure that if the Editor validates the markup, it must have some sort of function.
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