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She's apparently using a method she refers to as "Z indexing", whereby the body text sits below the swf document.
How effective is this as a method for getting flash sites indexed, and are there any improvements on this method?
Also, what's the current status of full flash sites with the SE's? My last reading suggested that Google was following links, while FAST was following text and links. Is this still correct?
Use one or the other on any given web page.
Design a static HTML base version of the flash site would be better, providing choice.
CSS2 is also a better approach -- "layering". In this case the the text/graphic version is layered behind the flash version. A little like what the alt="" Tag does for images. Load time might be a concern here though.
This will give you a little knowledge on detection.
Here is some info you can take back to your client
<-- text version from none flash browser likes lynx /-->
make it look like a designer/development remark tag google will only ban you if they think you are trying to trick them.
everybody knows to flash is just a graphic and using a layer behind it should be ok.
It ranks No1 on Altavista for the main search phrase out of 400,000+ results.
There is nothing wrong with flash in a page which contains solid html text to support search engines. I don't as a rule add a link to the site within the flash without placing also placing a text link on the page as well.