The following gives you the basic code to build an XHTML 1.1 compliant web page with meta tags.

The markup

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Example Title</title>
<link rel="index" title="Example Title" href="" />
<link rel="canonical" href="" />
<meta name="description" content="Description of web page." />
<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1,keyword2,keyword3" />
<meta name="generator" content="" />
<meta name="author" content="John Smith">
<meta name="copyright" content="&copy; 2009 - John Smith">
<link rel="index" title="Example Title" href="" />
<h1>Basic Page Structure XHTML 1.1 Valid</h1>
<p>This is an example of a basic XHTML 1.1 valid page structure with meta tags.</p>