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Is the text in form boxes indexed?
Text between type="text" value=" is it indexed
bouncybunny




msg:3943933
 9:30 am on Jul 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

A bit of an oddball question, but does anyone know if 'initial value' text in form boxes is indexed by the main SE spiders?

For example

<input name="search" type="text" value="Enter text here to search our special category" />

 

tomhumf




msg:3944121
 3:21 pm on Jul 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm guessing if it is indexed at all, it will carry far less weight than text in paragraph, heading, and other tags.

walf_man




msg:3944651
 8:26 am on Jul 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

i think it will not be indexed.

bouncybunny




msg:3945675
 4:22 pm on Jul 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks.

I'm less interested in how much weight it carries. I'm more concerned that, on pages with little text, that it may throw off SERPs or affect adsense, for example.

kaled




msg:3945859
 7:42 pm on Jul 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

I believe that <textarea> objects are indexed so I would expect the contents of other input types to be indexed. I think the contents of <select> objects are also indexed, but I haven't checked for many years.

However, indexing <textarea> and <select> objects is automatic by virtue of html structure, whilst indexation of <input> objects would require some effort, so I could be wrong.

Kaled.

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