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

From: peter dalgaard <>
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, 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?

<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" />

<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 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 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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