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Old 03-21-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default <title> length?

We're updating our documented standards again and I noticed we have an undocumented standard, using unique <title> tags for each page going from specific to general. However, some of our offices need such long titles that we don't have room for more than a document name, so including the general (i.e., office name and govt. office) is often omitted.

So my question. In general, is there a rule of thumb for a recommended max number of characters in the <title>?

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Old 03-21-2006, 12:22 PM   #2
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So my question. In general, is there a rule of thumb for a recommended max number of characters in the <title>?
I found this in the Search Engine Marketing FAQ:
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Web Page Title Tag Limits (Maximum Lengths)

The W3C, in their page W3C - The TITLE element in HTML, states: "The title should ideally be less than 64 characters in length. That is, many applications will display document titles in window titles, menus, etc where there is only limited room." A 64 character limit is a good starting place, but oversimplifies things a bit.
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Thanks, Marjolein. I tried searching on W3C but I can never find anything there. The site is huge.

   
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Thanks, Marjolein. I tried searching on W3C but I can never find anything there. The site is huge.
True - but I just plugged a few words into Google - something like [maximum length title element] (no quotes) - try it and see what that brings you.

   
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True - but I just plugged a few words into Google - something like [maximum length title element] (no quotes) - try it and see what that brings you.
Don't need to you since I've alread passed the W3C spec to my manager.

I should have googled it instead of trying to search W3C. The W3C indexing is less than useful. They should buy the Google engine; my work site did 2 years ago or so, and our Search is much improved.

   
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The thing about the <TITLE> clause is that it is also used when you bookmark the page. So it should always have the sitename, as well as the Unique Sales Proposition of that page.

   
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