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If thats the case, then how would surfer find the text that was matched by search query, but it might be buried deep inside great many flash's screens?
Luckily people can't (or don't) link to specific pages inside flash files, so there :P
Why I say this, is because it is only indexing the text out of the Flash file.
This means no html tags are going to come into play - and this includes your standard <h1> <h2> tags as well as your classic <title> tags.
The only possible ways you will be able to try optimizing it, is by the filename and the context - which would not be an easy job IMHO.
In fact it's almost impossible that Google is not parsing this info. Hard to say at this point if they're using the info in their algos though. I'm sure they have a sub department working on new algos for flash file ranking as we type.
What I mean is...
If I have a Flash menu and the links are generated dynamically from an xml (or other) datasource, will the engines be capable of seeing and following those links? (ie: the links are variables within the action script)
Or do I have to provide an alternate HTML set of links just for SEs? (I know that's a good idea anyway, just wondering if it's a necessity.)
[edited by: Peb0 at 5:40 am (utc) on Aug. 12, 2004]
My guess is they're parsing the source which would mean that data added dynamically through a server side script is not going to make it into the SERPs for right now
For now, it's more of a curiosity I have.
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This should solve the dynamic content loading problem of text getting parsed by the search engines.
SWF::Builder is built upon a set of libraries that will allow this and many other options, including reverse engineering of the file that you created in Flash MX to the perl code it would take to build that swf. Then, change the code to pull in the dynamic pieces that you need.
You can also compile actionscript into .swf directly which can be very helpful.