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Re: Search Engine CSSu

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 09:04:31 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200607080804.k6884Vh02986@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> What I suspect has been overlooked is his quite intentional
> use of new values for the "media" attribute, and in
> particular "spider" (though this could equally well be
> "robot", or whatever).  Once one allows new values for

Generally search engine operators strongly discourage the serving
of special versions of pages to search engines.  They want to index
the same material as the searcher will see, not some search engine
attractive alternative.

The current search engine hinting generally has the effect of making
the page less attractive to the search engine, or, if misused, less
useful, whereas a search engine style sheet could result in an almost
completely different visible content which adds in keyword stuffing
in the search engine variant.

The other problem is that I don't know to what extent search engines
currently parse CSS well enough to honour it; the main current benefit
in parsing CSS is to prevent keyword stuffing in material made invisible
in the style sheet.
Received on Saturday, 8 July 2006 08:23:32 UTC

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