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I’m an author and a consultant who specializes in character codes, localization, web authoring, accessibility, and typography. Author of Unicode Explained and Going Global with JavaScript and Globalize.js.


Aug
28
answered SEO effect with different font for some characters?
Jul
30
comment Google is not picking up meta description approximately 50 percent of the time on our website
In which conditions do you see Google showing the meta description? What is the tag? Is there a reason to think that some minor changes like using “+” would have any effect? Google may indeed randomize things; it may be part of their strategies in fighting against spamdexing.
Jul
20
comment How to align images left or right using semantically named classes?
There is no meaning to be expressed, hence no markup can be semantic, or even structural, when you have not said what the meaning of aligning left or right is. If left or right alignment is all that is said, then the only meaning is the visual placement. If you somehow classify the images by their meaning or role, then you can ask how to make it so that some classes are aligned left, some right. But then it is a different question (and probably has rather straightforward, even trivial answer).
Jul
9
answered HTML Character Entities/Special characters with crossbrowser/crossplatform support?
Jul
2
comment Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?
There is a reference to the relevant clause in HTML5 CR. “Might” means exactly “may or may not”; this is the truth, whether you like it or not. You have misunderstood what Google says; they surely do not encourage linking to other language versions where there are none (single-language site).
Jul
1
comment Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?
I can edit my answer, and I had to edit it back after the person who asked the question had vandalized it by changing its content substantially. I don’t see any need to edit it unless it is vandalized again; it gives a correct answer to the question, including its mutated form.
Jun
27
answered Should <meta property=“og:image” content=“…”> have an alt tag?
Jun
24
comment Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?
My answer addresses the attribute in general.
Jun
24
answered Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?
Jun
22
answered Meta tags decoding by Google
May
29
comment Using <strong> for introductory paragraph to a post - a bad idea?
@DisgruntledGoat, Google needs to parse all HTML tags in order to be able to extract the text content, distinguishing them from HTML markup. No evidence has been presented on Google doing anything with strong tags but ignore them. Besides, even if it did something with them, this information would be useless if we don’t know anything about what it does with them.
May
28
comment Using <strong> for introductory paragraph to a post - a bad idea?
@DisgruntledGoat. the video talks about the difference between b and strong and claims that there is none in Google. No evidence is given, and there is no hint of what those tags might matter—what Google would actually do with them. It’s really just usual chat about “semantics” except that it says it does not really matter.
May
28
answered Using <strong> for introductory paragraph to a post - a bad idea?
May
26
answered Competitor's website uses duplicate description meta tags
May
4
comment Basic semantic rules of CSS (and HTML), right or wrong?
@Dalibor, the choice of id values is a different issue; usually divSomething is not a good idea, since it hard-wires the element type into the class name. Regarding b, there is much talk about the benefits of “semantic” markup, but did you ever see any factual evidence of any search engine paying any attention to them? That is, the arguments are theoretical, based on ideas on what might or should happen.
May
4
answered Basic semantic rules of CSS (and HTML), right or wrong?
Apr
17
comment Too many duplicate image alt attributes. What to do?
This is very bad advice, as it reduces accessibility. There is no way to specify alternate text for a background image.
Mar
31
comment Use p tag inside a div tag for text?
There is no difference for SEO or, to put it more cautiously, there is no known reason why the p markup would matter. The question was about SEO. There is no reason to raise the question about “semantics” here, and it would be a very misty topic; e.g., HTML5 has its own ideas of p, which might be seen as rather different from HTML 4 (and w3schools is about the worst place to consult in this matter, or others).
Mar
11
comment Is there a standard way to mark web content obsolete?
I don’t see this as duplicate. This is not about effectively closing a page (so that 410 Gone response would be a reasonable answer, though not without problems) but about keeping old content, just marking it as outdated or telling search engines that it is less relevant (two different things, though maybe connected).
Mar
11
answered For an internal page, which title and h1 I must use for SEO?