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    Just curious: I use FrontPage 2000 (less and less), but have always left the '<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0">' tag in the page. Do you do the same?

    I just reviewed a site that it was totally obivious that the person used FrontPage, but for some reason deleted those tags. I don't understand why. Most users never look at the source code. Web developers that do look at the code would probably know it was FP anyway by other elements within the code. So what are they trying to hide?
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    Well, that particular meta tag serves absolutely no purpose at all. I guess some authors delete it to shave some bytes off each HTML file.

    As for the hiding of the fact that it was done in Frontpage, well I don't know about that, so I shan't comment on it.

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    For some people, FrontPage is too much of a "newbie" program, so they cut out the MS WebBot/Frontpage Generator information to try and disguise their use of it. Aside from saving a few bytes of load time, there's no problems with keeping the meta tag or deleting it, it just lets everyone know you're using a Microsoft product Other than that, it really doesn't have much of a purpose.
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    The generator tags do serve a purpose but not to the user. They allow the different manufacturers to spider the net and find out what sites are using their pages. They are also a good way of allowing outside sources to verify market share.

    Honestly I don't know if any manufacturers actually do this but the potential is there.
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    I figured it was something along those lines... that sounds like something Microsoft would do
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