__/ [Big Bill] on Tuesday 13 September 2005 14:00 \__
> On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 09:43:13 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>__/ [wizzzer@xxxxxxxxxxx] on Tuesday 13 September 2005 09:26 \__
>>> I read some stuff about SEO and they advise not to use tables, frames,
>>> and graphic links. Then how do I format the web page so that it
>>> professional and visually well-designed?
>>Tables: use divs instead. Table-based layout is passe _unless_ you
>>actually use it in its proper, standard-tight manner, which is to represt
>>a table of data.
Oops... I need to proofread.
> It doesn't seem to be hurting me. Don't forget this is an obviously
> clueless noob you're talking to, css might be a bit much.
No, it should not hurt from the SEO's point-of-view, not noticeably anyway
(volume of page is the issue). Note that is it the OP who put forward an
SEO-driven argument against tables.
>>To exchange frames: use server-side instantiation of menus. Do not make
>>menus a separate page, ever.
> Hell, I didn't understand that.
In a typical content managements system, there is usually, if not always, a
way of using one file or function to embed the menu in /all/ pages. To the
search engine/crawler, this seems like a single file (page).
>>Graphic links: use text if possible. This saves bandwidth, caters better
>>for browsers that are text- or voice-based (exception: the alt attribute),
>>allows text to be scaled (text size in image is immutable), etc. (plenty
>>of literature on this)