The 'translator' meta tag
The translator meta tag is used to give credit to, and provide contact info for, the translator of a document.
<meta name="translator" content="Firstname Lastname <email@example.com>">
<meta name="translator" content="Organization <http://www.example.com/>">
The content value of the translator meta tag is a free form text describing the name and contact information for the person or organization responsible for the translation of a document.
The suggested form is
name + ' <' + email address | website address | telephone number + '>'
The translator meta tag is placed in the <head> section of the HTML document, just like any other meta tags.
There may be more than one translator meta tag per document.
Use the origin meta tag to refer to the original document.
Current language and original text
It is explicitly NOT this meta tag's job to
- indicate the language of the current document; the lang global attribute should be used for that
- indicate the original document which was translated; the origin meta tag should be used for that
This could be the source of http://www.example.com/document.nl.html:
<!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="nl"> <head> <title>The title</title> <meta name="translator" content="Rob la Lau <https://doc.ohreally.nl/contact>"> <meta name="origin" content="http://www.example.com/document.fr.html" lang="fr"> </head> <body> … the text … </body> </html>
- this meta tag notifies search engines that the current text is not the original text, but 'merely' a translation
- this meta tag gives credit to the translator of a page
- this meta tag can be used to notify all translators that a new version of the original text is available
- this meta tag allows readers to contact the translator about errors in the translated text
- search engines can be created/configured to find translators for a certain language
- search engines can be created/configured to find all the work of a certain translator
Note to implementors
The content value of the translator meta tag is not translatable.
The documentation for the translator meta tag is available at https://doc.ohreally.nl/metatag-translator.
The translator meta tag has been added to the MetaExtensions registry as a proposed standard.