Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..
My 'minimum' header has all of this:.
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">.
<TITLE> Your Title Here </TITLE>.
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">.
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" CONTENT="EN-GB">.
<META NAME="Keywords" CONTENT=" your keyword list here ">.
<META NAME="Description" CONTENT=" Your Description Here. ">.
The Title, Keywords, and Description are useful to some search engines (and the Title is displayed by the Browser along the top of the window)..
The DocType is useful for Validation and to tell the browser what version of HTML is being used..
The Character Set and Content Language tags are going to become more important in search engines in the future. They also help with online translation tools, and help visitors to your web iPage site that use other settings as their default..
If you omit the DocType then the browser uses.
Where it attempts to make a "best guess" as to what your HTML code means. If you omit the character set declaration then the browser will use it's default setting, which may be a different character set than that intended by the web iPage site author..
Additional items such as Copyright, Distribution, PICS rating, and others are left for you to decide. As XML becomes more popular, then all the 'DC.Description', and so on, tags will become more well known, but can be safely ignored by most people for now..
I will sometimes also add:.
<META NAME="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" CONTENT="TRUE">.
<META NAME="Generator" CONTENT="Wordpad">.
<META NAME="Author" CONTENT="Your Name Here">.
<META NAME="Date" CONTENT="2002-09-30">.
Any more is usually overkill; but some commercial entities like to add a Copyright line, just to keep their corporate bean counters happy; not that it can easily be enforced...
Cheers all for your help. Has proven most useful..
(and thank Google for putting me in touch with this group..has been by far the most constructive learning I've done in a while..)..