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Re: Search Engines Validating Pages?

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 00:48:59 +0300 (EEST)
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cc: www-validator@w3.org
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On Wed, 4 Jul 2007, lists@calleridspoofing.info wrote:

> Are there any search engines that are actually validating page content
> with the W3C standards? We've heard that Google doesn't take this in to
> account, but we're wondering if other ones do and figured that one of the
> gurus here would be able to answer our question.

This isn't really about the W3C Markup Validator, which what the 
www-validator list is about. There are many newsgroups, lists, and other 
forums that discuss search engines. But briefly: since most web pages are 
not valid and since validation (by search engines) isn't useful for the 
purposes of search engines, I don't think they do validation. But 
validation (by authors) is useful getting your pages properly handled by 
search engines, since search engines process HTML markup and they may get 
confused with markup errors in some cases.

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Monday, 9 July 2007 21:53:58 UTC

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