[thelist] Adding title with css

Wesley Mason wes at pmason.karoo.co.uk
Thu Jun 24 09:51:44 CDT 2004

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With that point of view, I'd have to agree really, in which case the 
CSS :after pseudo-element would work best, unless IE ignores :after 
like it does some other pseudo-elements, it's why I suggested using 
this first before suggesting using a server side script to modify the 
actual page contents, as adding title attributes would be more along 
the lines of adding meta data, which Google might not even be inclined 
to pick up on anyway, but other robots (I use robots in the sense of an 
automated piece of software for parsing a document, in which case the 
browser can fall under this classification too, pre-document-viewing) 
may make use of such information.
Just a "be aware of" point really, rather than a "do this, not this".

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On Jun 24, 2004, at 2:55 pm, Stephen Rider wrote:

> 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.  
> <http://www.sitepoint.com/article/standards-compliant-world>
> Regards,
> Steve Rider
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