SEO and Flash sites

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#1 jkranig   User is offline

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SEO and Flash sites

Posted 22 September 2005 - 08:06 AM

How well, if at all, do web crawlers search flash files/.swf's????

I've been reading so many different things about it.
What do you guys have to say about this? :blink:
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Re: SEO and Flash sites

Posted 22 September 2005 - 12:46 PM

According to Google they DO index .swf files.
However I wonder if anyone knows, if Google indexes flash that gets its text content during execution - like loading it from an XML backend, etc. - or they only parse the flash file for static contet / string literals.
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Posted 22 September 2005 - 05:22 PM

flash is supposed to be 508 compliant, which means readers can see any text. So I would assume indexing works on the same premise.
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Re: SEO and Flash sites

Posted 23 September 2005 - 01:18 AM

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How can we extract the text found in a Flash file to see what Google sees?

Michael Marshall:

Macromedia has a Flash Search Engine SDK (http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/download/search_engine/) that will give us just what we need. The SDK (Software Development Kit) includes an application named 'swf2html'. Swf2html extracts text and links from a Macromedia Flash .SWF file, and returns the data to stdout or as an HTML document. Swf2html is provided as a compiled application and as a static library for linked library implementation. For complete functionality, see the file Readme.htm included in the SDK.


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Re: SEO and Flash sites

Posted 19 December 2005 - 12:18 PM

hi,

has anyone tried swf2html which supposedly convert a flash file to html?
i have tested it with several flash files but it extracts only the text and rarely the links tha are included in the swf

any ideas why?
thanks
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