Re: [Rd] Adding a "description" meta-tag to the R homepage

From: peter dalgaard <pdalgd_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:38:27 +0200

On Apr 1, 2011, at 08:49 , Tal Galili wrote:

> Hello all,
> I hope I'm writing to the correct place.
>
> I believe that the R homepage will benefit from including the "description"
> meta tag in it's homepage.
> The reason is that google uses that tag to decide what to show when the R
> homepage shows up on a search result.
> The current description of the first result of searching "R" in google is:
>
> "*R*, also called GNU S, is a strongly functional language and environment
> to statistically explore data sets, make many graphical displays of data
> from custom *..."*
> *
> *
> This defention is truncated.

Interesting. What's odd is that although that phrasing is used in multiple places on the net, it is not in the actual www.r-project.org/index.html, nor in any other "official" places that I can spot.

However, what gets displayed for SAS and Stata is not what is in their description tags?

SAS:
<meta content="SAS Business Analytics software -- 30+ years of experience and 50,000+ customer sites worldwide. View success stories, analyst reports &amp; demos." name="description" />

Stata:
<meta name="description" content="Data Analysis and Statistical Software for Professionals" />

What gives?

>
>
> It seems that other statistical packages (and some known open source
> projects) already noticed this. Here is what they write about themselves
> (when searching for their name on google):
>
> - SAS: 50,000 Customer Sites Use SAS for CRM, BI, Analytics & More-Get
> Info
> - SPSS: Analytical Software at SPSS.com. Specializing in data mining,
> customer relationship management, business intelligence and data analysis.
> - JMP: JMP is statistical software for expert data analysis, DOE, and Six
> Sigma, from SAS. For Mac, Windows, and Linux.
> - Stata: Integrated statistical package for data analysis, data
> management and graphics.
> - Perl: The Perl Programming Language at Perl.org. Links and other
> helpful resources for new and experienced Perl programmers.
> - Matematica: Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica, the only fully
> integrated technical computing software.
> - It seems that Python, Ruby, and Matlab are not using any description
> tag (and their google description is also truncated)
>
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Best,
> Tal
>
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