Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Google improves indexing of Flash files

Google can now better index content in Flash files, a news that will be greeted by web designers/ developers with a fascination for Flash. Apart from text content in Flash files, Googlebot can also detect URLs that appear within Flash files and add them to the list of the urls to be crawled.

Complete details here. And, for a quick summary the current limitations with Flash indexing as listed on the official Google Webmaster blog, see below excerpt:

1. Googlebot does not execute some types of JavaScript. So if your web page loads a Flash file via JavaScript, Google may not be aware of that Flash file, in which case it will not be indexed.
2. We currently do not attach content from external resources that are loaded by your Flash files. If your Flash file loads an HTML file, an XML file, another SWF file, etc., Google will separately index that resource, but it will not yet be considered to be part of the content in your Flash file.
3. While we are able to index Flash in almost all of the languages found on the web, currently there are difficulties with Flash content written in bidirectional languages. Until this is fixed, we will be unable to index Hebrew language or Arabic language content from Flash files.



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