META for Automatic Refreshing and Forwarding
You can use
<META ...> to tell the web browser to automatically move to another web page, or refresh the current page, after a specified period of time.
To have the page automatically refresh itself every x seconds, use a tag like this:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" CONTENT="5">
This tells the browser to refresh the page
and that it should do so every five seconds
Suppose, however, that you want the page to refresh itself by going automatically to
another page. This is common, for example, when someone has moved their home page to a new location, but want someone who goes to the old location to still find a pointer. You could put this
<META ...> tag in the page at the old location:
In this case the
<META ...> tag works is like the first refresh example, only with a little added information. The first part is the same:
CONTENT="5; URL=autoforward_target.html" tells the browser that the page should be refreshed.
CONTENT="5; URL=autoforward_target.html" gives two pieces of information:
that the page should refresh after five seconds, and that the new URL should be
In a situation like this, you should also provide a regular link to the new page.