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Re: frames and no frames content

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 07:26:40 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200505200626.j4K6Qek05823@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> That shows that Google indexed the frameset's noframes content. It does 
> NOT, however, give me any indication whether or not Googlebot then 
> proceeded to follow the various frames...so it's a bit of an empty 

Even if it did follow the frame references, I doubt that it returns
the frameset URL, which would be needed for it to fully support 
frames.

Also, the fundamental reason why frames are bad for the world wide
web applies here in that there is no way for Google to specify
a URL that causes the display of anything other than the initial
frameset or an individual frame; it cannot say, load this frameset then
load this sequence of URLs into corresponding frames, at least not
with current browsers.  In any case, one deep link to the frame could
make it think that the frame could be used in isolation.

Many designers completely forget this.  Others try to use scripting to
force people to the home page, losing the benefit of the search
engine URL to the specific information required.  Others may use anti-
deep linking strategies to redirect to the primary home page with a 
similar effect but less easy to defeat without using the Google cache.
Received on Friday, 20 May 2005 06:30:25 GMT

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