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Pages with less html and jscript do better in Inktomi - always have.I'm using js 1.2 stylesheets to hold the code itself. The negative impact seems minimal, but it's really hard to judge. Is it the volume of js code or just the presence of any script tags that causes INK to downgrade a page?
Since js stylesheets move the js code OFF the indexed page, and thereby increases the "text to code ratio" on the remaining page that the robot actually visits, the conclusion is that js stylesheets are the better way to go for INK.
CSS is a method of adding simple font and layout information to a html document. You can put CSS definitions in a 'css' file that browsers will then download and use when they visit a page.
What we were referring to, was using CSS tags to make text invisible to people but visible to spiders - a cheap pseudo cloaking trick.
If the SEs do start looking at the css files (and I've been feeling that it's just a matter of time) a lot will depend on exactly what they look for.
I don't use .css files to do underhanded things like making invisible text, which I assume would be a primary target. But I occasionally format my H tags in a way that might fall on the wrong side of an algorithm. It's not that I'm actually doing anything devious, but robots don't make value judgements, so I'm worried.
Here's a link to the Inktomi page [inktomi.com] where they list their partners. In July this year, Yahoo switched from Inktomi to Google for their non-directory results. And no, Google does not use Inktomi -- they're two very different camps.
The players and affiliations keep changing at a dizzying pace, and they watch each other's work and perhaps "borrow" from each other as well ... so it's good to spread yourself around. I once got a great listing in AltaVista for a site they originally wouldn't even index directly, after I bought a number one position on GoTo.
If only I had known, I would have optimised it :)
I still can't quite kick the habit of defining <b> as normal weight though. ;)
Hotbot got mine too.
The reason it launched Dreamweaver is that your PC has DW setup as you web editor. CSS doesn't actually display in a browser so your computer used DW to show it to you.
My experience with JS on pages in INK are BAD. Same page, Same text,Meta tags etc....
page one No JS and it is WAS in the top 10
Page two Yes to JS and it was beaten in to submission (400+ was where I found it)
From these tests I have stopped using JS in my pages that i submit for placement