[thelist] Adding title with css

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Thu Jun 24 08:55:58 CDT 2004

Wesley --

In theory I agree with you, but in a case such as this is it really 
that important for Google to see the "(PDF)" that you're adding?  
That's not really part of the _content_ of the page.  If (for example) 
my blender store at blenders.com has a PDF catalog attached, I want the 
search engine to see "blender" and "catalog"; but I don't care if it 
sees "PDF".

Nobody looking for blenders is going to search for "blenders pdf".

There are situations where the distinction between server-side and 
client-side scripting may be an issue, but marking PDFs (or marking 
"new window" or external links, or whatever other non-content related 
info you care to express) doesn't seem to be one of them.

In the mean time Andreas, Sarah Sweeney posted a useful link in a 
recent discussion of XHTML compliant "target" attributes.  It seems 
this could be easily adapted to what you want to do.  

Steve Rider

On Jun 24, 2004, at 6:38 AM, Wesley Mason wrote:

> You can add a content styled title however, by using:
> ul.pdf a:after {
> content: " (PDF)";
> }
> Which would add " (PDF)" to the end of the text of each link.


> The concern I'd have with using DOM scripting to place a title, would 
> be another removal of semantic value for any robot parsing the text if 
> it doesn't apply scripting changes before parsing content (plenty of 
> possibility for this); this is where I'd recommend server side 
> scripting of some flavour (whatever floats your boat) to parse the 
> links and add titles rather than client side

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