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More of a theoretical question, but wouldn't it make more sense to have only one meta tag with a bunch of attribute-value pairs? Instead of:

<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta name="author" content="Joe Schmoe, jks@example.com" />
    <meta name="description" content="An article that summarizes the risks 
        and benefits of playing video games for high school students." />
    <meta name="keywords" content="video games, high school students, 
        development, cognition, learning, problem solving, strategy, 
        parenting, time management, procrastination" />
    <title>I'm About to Graduate but I'm Obsessed with Skyrim</title>
    ...
</head>

Wouldn't it save some bytes to just write:

<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8" author="Joe Schmoe, jks@example.com" 
        description="The risks and benefits of playing video games 
            for high school students."
        keywords="video games, high school students, development, 
            cognition, learning, problem solving, strategy, 
            parenting, time management, procrastination" />
    <title>I'm About to Graduate but I'm Obsessed with Skyrim</title>
    ...
</head>

If the values of the name attribute are preset, why not just make them attributes? My method would be easier and smoother for Webpage authors, and I'm sure it would be easy to re-program Website crawlers/robots to understand it. Relevantly, is there a reason why it can't be done?

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@John Conde, if this is considered off topic, please mitigate it to a more appropriate site such as stackoverflow. Thank you. –  chharvey Sep 2 '12 at 14:00
    
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closed as off topic by John Conde Jan 3 '12 at 15:32

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This is all part of standards implemented through W3C for HTML4.

Specifications for using meta tags here http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html#h-7.4.4

Write your changes up in a proposal and send it in to the W3C as a suggestion for amending the standards.

Drum up support, get general consensus to get it adopted and get it passed into HTML6.

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