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name attribute | name property

Sets or retrieves the value specified in the content attribute of the meta object.

HTML 4.01 Specification, Section 7.4.4



HTML<element name="p" ... >

p =


Property values

Type: String


Arbitrary value.


Associated content attribute describes the containing document. Some search engines use this to provide the user with a document summary in the result of a search.


Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP SP2 and later. Associated content attribute determines the visibility of buttons in the File Download dialog box.

Note  If more than one meta tag is set with the DownloadOptions value, Internet Explorer uses the last one.

Hides either the Run or the Open button from the File Download dialog box, depending on which button would normally be displayed.


Hides the Save button from the File Download dialog box.



Associated content attribute identifies the name of the application used to create the document.


Associated content attribute consists of comma-delimited words describing the document. Some search engines use this to allow the user to perform a keyword search.


Associated content attribute contains the programmatic identifier of the document's default editor.


Associated content attribute indicates what amount of data the User Agent should pass to linked resources in the HTTP referer header.

Note  Can be overridden by the rel="noreferrer" attribute in the < a> and < area> elements.

Pass an empty string, no information about the resource.


Passes the whole URI when the page containing this instruction is accessed via an unencrypted (HTTP) transport. Passes an empty string when the page containing this instruction is accessed via a TLS encrypted (HTTPS) transport.


Passes the origin of the page containing the instruction, but not the full URI. An example of its use might be to protect the identity of a user who has a link out on their profile page. The linked host will get the origin identifying your site, but not the full URI.


Passes the whole URI regardless of the transport.



Associated content attribute indicates whether the containing document should be indexed by search engines that recognize the meta object.


Search engines can index the containing document.


Search engines cannot index the containing document.



Associated content attribute specifies the location of the template used to edit the document. Use this in conjunction with the ProgID  meta object if the editor supports document templates.

Standards information


The name attribute typically is assigned one of the preceding well-defined values, but any arbitrary value can be specified. Custom tools can be developed to perform special actions on documents containing arbitrary meta tags.

To enable the smart edit features in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or later, add a meta tag to the head of the document. Associate ProgID with the name attribute, and associate the programmatic identifier of the desired editor with the content attribute. If the specified editor is not installed or properly registered on the user's system, the edit button is not displayed. Consult the documentation of your editor to determine its programmatic identifier.


This example adds meta tags to the head of an HTML document to display a smart edit button on the toolbar as of Internet Explorer 5. Because the ProgID meta tag is associated with the programmatic identifier of Word, the button displays the Word icon. When you click the button, Internet Explorer loads the document into Word using the specified document template.

<meta name="ProgID" content="word.document">
<meta name="Template" content="C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\">

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