[thelist] Tables vrs. CSS for search engines

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Fri Oct 31 20:01:55 CST 2003

I have recently been hired to optimize a website. They want high rank and
are well funded however, their site is in frames. Reading through the list,
I have seen various comments about not using frames if you want a good
optimization, anyone have any good opinions on this subject? Thanks,


Mesa, Arizona

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Groen" <mark at markgroen.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 7:26 PM
Subject: Re: [thelist] Tables vrs. CSS for search engines

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> Sent: October 28, 2003 12:20 PM
> Subject: [thelist] Tables vrs. CSS for search engines
> > My employer at work has been doing a little bit of research on
> strategies
> > for making rank on search engines. She told me today that search
> engines do
> > not search tables, and that all sites should therefor be designed
> purely
> > using style sheets. Does anyone know if this is true?
> A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, and usually someone has
> to work unnecessarily because of it in a corporate situation. Think
> about this a sec, if search engines didn't do tables, then probably 90%
> of the sites out there wouldn't get indexed.
> Possibly she read about frames, and tables popped out of her mouth when
> she was talking about it because she heard/read that word too. Frames
> are generally a no-no unless the application calls for it because from a
> usability stand point they generally suck for a visitor to a regular web
> site, there's lots of info out there on frames, a useful tool when used
> in the right context.
> Send your boss to this page and follow the guidelines presented here and
> you really can't do too much harm:
> http://www.google.ca/webmasters/guidelines.html
> HTH!
> Regards,
>           Mark Groen
> MG Web Services
> Web Site Hosting and Development
> www.markgroen.com
> mark at markgroen.com
> 604-780-6917
> Bowen Island, Canada
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