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Canonical Link Meta Tag for Categories and Products question

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Canonical Link Meta Tag for Categories and Products question

I have a question about something from the user guide for version 1.14.2.1.

 

It says the following: 


 As a best practice, it is recommended that you enable canonical meta tags for both categories and products.

 

To index only pages that have a full category path, do the following:

a. Set Use Canonical Link Meta Tag for Categories to “Yes.”

b. Set Use Canonical Link Meta Tag for Products to “No.”

 

To index only product pages, do the following:

a. Set Use Canonical Link Meta Tag for Products to “Yes.”

b. Set Use Canonical Link Meta Tag for Categories to “No.”


At first glance it appears that the guide is first telling me I should enable the canonical meta tag for both categories and products and then that I should NOT.

Of course, I assume I'm just interpreting it wrong. Here's my question:

Is what it is actually saying the following?

  1. That enabling canonical meta tags for both categories and products means category pages (NOT category path URL pages) and product pages? And that...
  2. "b." in the instructions to index only product pages means that I'm turning off the canonical meta tag for category pages (not referring to category path URLs?). 
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