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Re: Search Engine CSS

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 23:39:43 +0100
Message-ID: <44AC3FAF.6010105@splintered.co.uk>
To: Craig Francis <craig@synergycms.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Craig Francis wrote:
> I have recently been thinking about how search engine spiders index a 
> website.
> At the moment we can provide ways for the spiders to find the page, but 
> I do not think its possible for us to tell the spider things like where 
> the navigation bar is (as I think it should be indexed differently to 
> the main content of the page).
> I have written a fairly small document explaining how a future version 
> of CSS could help present the documents structure and data to search 
> engine spiders in a better way than their current guesswork methods.
> It would be great if you can give me some feedback.
> http://www.krang.org.uk/searchEngineCSS/

You're proposing the use of CSS to impart semantic meaning (e.g. 
content: keywords and importance: 1) and behaviour (e.g. links: ignore)? 
Sorry, but this is certainly beyond the scope of what CSS should do.

And no, the speech output CSS rules are not comparable: they define how 
something should be presented, aurally...not what the meaning or 
behaviour are.

Patrick H. Lauke
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