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Does google care about valid HTML
HTML errors that no browser cares about
trimmer80

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Msg#: 3384629 posted 1:05 am on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

Do people have reason to believe that google or other search engines take the html validity into account. If so to what extent do you check your source, until there is no errors and warning?

 

tedster

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Msg#: 3384629 posted 2:06 am on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

We have had many threads discussing this (see [webmasterworld.com...] for example) - and the consensus is always that validation is not part of Google's algorithm. Matt Cutts has also confirmed that on several occasions. However, there are errors that do not trip up a browser's error recovery routines that will still give Google troubles when they index a page.

I almost always run pages through a validator. When updating I use the validator in Homesite -- and when first creating a template, I use the W3C Validator [validator.w3.org]. I have been burned by errors that caused parts of pages to be skipped in Google's indexing, even though browsers displayed those sections.

[edited by: tedster at 3:52 am (utc) on July 3, 2007]

trimmer80

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Msg#: 3384629 posted 3:10 am on Jul 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Tedster,

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