There's a vast assumption in this statement, however...
As long as the page titles show up in the snippets and long as you see your META's when you view the cache in all search engines
you should be relatively safe. I would keep an eye on it though.
The difference being is probably that the real spider are looking for something like <title
to determine the page title. And the simulator is looking for something like <title>
as the delineation.
The real spiders can often handle invalid markup just fine, often much better than the simulators can. That's why sticking strictly to the W3C standards is not mandatory to be listed.
IMO it's a dicey proposition though, so I would recommend trying to find another method that will lose the id= attributes. You can never tell when one search engine or another will start to choke on this or that markup.
I'm not an ASP - VB.net person, so I can't give you another method. Hopefully Chris or someone else who is equally skilled in ASP will be able to give you an alternate solution.
Edited by Randy, 09 January 2005 - 12:22 PM.