Meta name is it required?

I understand that the meta name tag
Is to be page responsive. Is that for mobile devices also? And is this required of every HTML file? I am currently trying to make a standard wire frame for practice?

First, let’s clear up some terms to avoid further confusion:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  • name="" , content="" , etc. are called attributes. For example, in other elements you can have class="" attributes.
  • <meta> is referred to as a tag. A tag is the keyword, attributes, and brackets. You can have <div> tags, </p> tags, etc.
  • The two tags, and content together are considered an element. This is not relevant to meta, as it does not have a closing tag, nor content in between two tags.

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Hopefully this clears things up for us. “Meta name tag” is rather ambiguous, and I am not exactly sure whether you are referring to the whole meta tag, or to the name="" attribute on meta, or what you mean by “name” and “tag” or “name tag”.

Let’s assume you are referring to the name attribute in a meta tag like below:

<meta name="">

This is not required in all meta tags, like <meta charset="UTF-8">, but it is obviously needed for most meta tags to specify what it is for.

Now let’s assume you meant the meta tag. These are not required on your page; however, they greatly make your website better for visitors. Let’s take a look at some of them and why they help the visitors to your site:

<meta name="description" content="Meta help">

This meta tag with the name of description let’s people who find your site on a search engine know what your page is about.

Probably the most important meta tag is what is commonly referred to as the “viewport meta tag”:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

This is almost a must on any page, albeit not required, and makes the website display correctly on mobile devices.

Are meta tags required? No. Are the useful? Absolutely. Use them!


Thank you so much! I didn’t realize that I was so lost on this one. I greatly appreciate your explanation!

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