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

From: Roebuck,Paul L <>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:36:55 -0500

On 4/1/11 1:38 PM, "peter dalgaard" <> wrote:

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

>> 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?
> 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?

Preferences then?

<meta name="description"

      content="Data Analysis and Statistical Software for the Intelligentsia" />

<meta name="description"

      content="Not Your Father's Data Analysis and Statistical Software..." />

>> 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)

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