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11:19 am on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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While looking into the code used to allow Mozilla's excellent site navigation bar to work with websites, I came across this:

"User agents, search engines, etc. may interpret these link types in a variety of ways. For example, user agents may provide access to linked documents through a navigation bar."


I wondered if anyone knows what (if anything) search engines/spiders make of these tags?

At most I'd think they would treat them as an extra link to spider?

Also, aside from Mozilla, what other browsers/user-agents make use of them?


11:28 am on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera displays a nice navigation bar when link tags are present.


11:40 am on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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excellent - more justification to use them on my sites from now on :)


4:57 pm on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Lynx also shows these links. They are displayed at the top of the page, before the main contents, and the hotkey # is used to jump to them directly. A # is displayed on the screen if there is a link bar but it is not currently in the display area.

<link> tags are nice, very nice. Especially since it makes site navigation consistent between sites, and since I'm using a translated version of my browser, the links are translated for me, so I can find the "next" link even if the page would be in a language I would not understand otherwise.


2:45 pm on May 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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good point about universal navigation.

something else i was thinking about this weekend. given that the code can get quite lengthy if you intend to support LINK based navigation systems on your site, how much impact would all those LINK tags in your document HEADs have on the search engines?

i guess having them at the top of the document is quite useful from a SEO perspective IF they are spiderable.

otherwise I can't help thinking it just adds more code before content.

course, usability is increased by them but since the great majority of net users have no idea about them and use browsers that do not support the concept (least I never saw anything on IE that uses them) is it really much of an advantage catering to a few power users with Opera/Mozilla?


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