__/ [Stacey] on Tuesday 10 January 2006 13:45 \__
> "Brian Wakem" <no@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> James Helliwell wrote:
>>> I can get a link off this website is it still valid in terms of passing
>> I doubt it very much. The page is PR5, but it is also unreadable to
>> engines, so your link will never be found.
> Unless the link is just added without the flash at the bottom of the page.
I heard somewhere that Flash can somehow be crawled and links then ex-
tracted from it. I remain skeptical about this. I think it is the case
with DOC format as I once saved some files which contained links in
OpenOffice. Its links appear to be followed in some obscure fashion (to
reach error 404).
Flash (SWF) is a binary proprietary format, but then again DOC and PPT
(among other proprietary formats )seem to be crawled. This seem to get a
low priority when it comes to crawling cycles (they are CPU-intensive) and
ranking in the SERP. Many visitors frown upon bumping onto such formats,
which are often (as in the case with bloated PDF's) can be reduced to sim-
ple HTML. I believe that crawling such formats only discourages Open for-
mats and standards, but I don't want to get too philosophical about it...
imagine yourself a Web comprising excel spreadsheets and Word documents.
It's a good thing that Mosaic and Netscape got there first (the WWW)...
Firefox is now picking up some pieces...