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new feature in Google's cached pages?

     
11:55 am on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm not actually sure that it hasn't been there before, but suddenly I see a link for viewing cached text only in Google's cached pages. I have never noticed it.

For CSS-generated pages this is actually what you see. For table layouts you see the page without images.

That is, all external sources are stripped out of the page, such as linked css code and images.

I'm seeing it for caches served from 216.239.59.104

1:25 pm on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's been around for a while (August 2004 is the earliest mention I can find [webmasterworld.com]). It is a rather useful tool for webmasters who want to see something similar to what Google sees.
1:43 pm on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks ciml,

You're certainly much better at searching the archives than I am. And it is useful.

Right now I'm building a site that will be visited by lots of disabled people, and since I don't want the blind among them to have to listen to all the menu choices, I have css positioned these on top of the page, but print them to the bottom, right above the page footer.

Now as I look at it, the way that Google sees it, the entire menu system looks like some spammy links plastered at the bottom of my site...

2:21 pm on Mar 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nikke -

I use the cached text to check that google is reading my css correctly. It is useful to webmasters.

 

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