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Each page can have only one title, and that title can contain only plain text; that is, no
other tags should appear inside the title.
Try to choose a title that's both short and descriptive of the content. Your title should be
relevant even out of context. If someone browsing on the Web follows a random link and
ends up on this page, or if a person finds your title in a friend's browser history list,
would he have any idea what this page is about? You might not intend the page to be
used independently of the pages you specifically linked to it, but because anyone can link
to any page at any time, be prepared for that consequence and pick a helpful title.
When search engines index your pages, each page title is cap-
tured and listed in the search results. The more descriptive your
page title, the more likely it is that someone will choose your page
from all the search results.
Also, because browsers put the title in the title bar of the window, you might have a lim-
ited amount of space. (Although the text within the <title> tag can be of any length, it
might be cut off by the browser when it displays.) Here are some other examples of good
<title> Poisonous Plants of North America </title>
<title> Image Editing: A Tutorial </title>
<title> Upcoming Cemetery Tours, Summer 1999 </title>
<title> Installing the Software: Opening the CD Case </title>
<title> Laura Lemay's Awesome Home Page </title>
Here are some not-so-good titles:
<title> Part Two </title>
<title> An Example </title>
<title> Nigel Franklin Hobbes </title>
<title> Minutes of the Second Meeting of the Fourth Conference of the
Committee for the Preservation of English Roses, Day Four, After Lunch </title>
Figure 4.1 shows how the following title looks in a browser:
<title> Poisonous Plants of North America </title>
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