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Google Toolbar and XML
What do they use this info for?

Msg#: 73 posted 11:19 pm on Oct 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Once you have installed the Google toolbar, then it appears to generate some xml about the site you have visited from Google's returned search results.

See below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" standalone="no" ?>
<!DOCTYPE GSP (View Source for full doctype...)>
- <GSP VER="3.1">
<Q>vacation rentals orlando</Q>
- <RES SN="1" EN="1">
- <R N="1" L="1">
<T>theHouseNeartheMouse.co.uk Florida Vacation Rentals - Apartments <b>...</b></T>
<S>Vacation Rentals in Florida - Want to travel Florida?<br> Are you looking for Apartments <b>...</b></S>
- <HAS>
- <DI>
- <CAT SE="ISO-8859-1">
<DS>Vacation rental apartment in Shadow Bay, Kissimmee, offered for rent. Features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,...</DS>
<L TAG="link:" />
<C SZ="3k" TAG="cache:" />
<RT TAG="related:" />

Does anybody know what Google does with this data returned as xml?

i.e. when someone selects a site from a specific set of search results, I assume that this gets recorded right? Why else return data in the xml? Does this aid in a higher page rank/search engine position for those keywords?

Also I was just wondering if anybody could give me an idea as to what the following xml tags generated stand for. I have put question marks against those of which I am unsure of.

<TM> - Time??
<Q> - This is the QUERY made
<RES> - ??
<M> - ??
<R> - ??
<U> - This is the visited URL
<T> - This is the TITLE of the visited page
<S> - First line of BODY TEXT
<HAS> - ?
<L> - LINKS??

Also further, as the tags <T>, <S> and <DS> are cut short, can we assume that this is as far as Google looks into those tags? Any keywords after that point will be missed?

Any more info about the xml and Google DTD would be of interest, thanks.



Msg#: 73 posted 11:43 pm on Oct 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the WebmasterWorld forums, Arnold!

We have debated that very question before! Here are some posts which you might find interesting!

Big Brother in Cute Colored Lettere? [webmasterworld.com]

Google Toolbar = Alternate 'spider' [webmasterworld.com]

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Google Toolbar: Turning it off [webmasterworld.com]

This should get you started. If you want to find more about the toolbar or google, you can perform a 'site search' of WebmasterWorld. It is located above the blue bar in the menu at the top of the page next to the Icon in the left corner of the screen.

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