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Posted 05 February 2006 - 11:57 AM
Posted 05 February 2006 - 12:17 PM
If you can read the text in a logical linear fashion in the source code, then so can a web robot. The text position within the source code would not affect interpretation in any meaningful way either.
The value of CSS is that it allows (X)HTML to be used in the manner that was intended.
Posted 05 February 2006 - 02:27 PM
To write a program that sifts through HTML and extracts the text would be no more complicated than an encryption program (probably less complicated).
Search engine companies have top-shelf programmers. They have no problem sifting through your page and extracting the text no matter what style of page design you use.
The issue of extracting content from an HTML page was cleared many moons ago.
The only problem I see is if the HTML was really screwed up and stumped the program scanning it. It's best to keep your code clean and valid.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 06:00 AM
Up to a point ;-)
Don't forget that a human wrote the spider and code that the spider runs and if the html is screwed up to the point where the spider gives up - that is the spider analog of "giving up" an a coder will have opinions about code and will put those assumptions into the spider.
Personally id quite like a cuddly (plush) toy google bot - a bit like back in the day you could get a cuddly toy mozzilla from netscape.
ps any ideas wht the Google bot looks like ime thinking octopussy or in my darkr moments Cthulu
Posted 06 February 2006 - 01:07 PM
|An octopus (or a fictional character named after one for a bit of a cutesy sexual double entendre, for that matter) doesn't have nearly enough tentacles to represent googlebot. No, I'm sure the bot looks just like the Flying Spaghetti Monster.|
Posted 06 February 2006 - 03:00 PM
|Maybe the Googlebot is an earthly manifestation of the FSM. It would certainly explain a few things...|
Posted 06 February 2006 - 03:14 PM
I just happened to be checking my server when it came by. Pretty icky, but we all knew that!
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