Msg#: 18052 posted 10:28 am on Nov 3, 2003 (gmt 0)
Google claims it can read/spider XML, but seems to fail when it is XSL formatted XML that is supposed to be turned into HTML clientside. Example: Search for simplexsl.xml ...it is a standard test file and the first spidered at about #3 ...look at it with IE6 and it works, but when you click Google's "view as HTML" you will see a blank page. Is there just the html conversion broken or does Google "cheat" a bit with its XML support claim..? If Google's XML support is "broken", did someone test what works and what not and tell me how I can use clientside combination of pure xml data and xsl layout files with Google, if not done like in this demo..?
My traffic fluctuates a lot...with my DB and server-side-script free concept I can take sudden bursts of 20k+ users in an hour without that server load would go too much up...and bandwidth...all pages are uploaded normal and as html.gz...bandwidth use is much lower then with asp...
XML/XSL would in many ways be perfect for me to organize and display content client side, but I depend a lot on Google and need a solution that works with it...
We have a site which uses vast numbers of XML pages (for bandwidth reasons, but also to show off, really) - many XML pages are listed in Google, but with no cache showing and no snippet.
Hmmmm...and did any of the .xml pages get visitors by Google..? Imho it is odd that Google would show in its results empty pages as "víew as html" shows.
I mailed Google about the xml issue and will try to get an answer. They claim to support xml yet all .xml results carry a text "unknown format". Besides that Google is holding the whole Internet developement by not supporting formats that exist for years like html.gz content encoding or xml, but instead implement .pdf, powerpoint and other non web Formats...ask myself how much they got from those companies for integrating their formats..