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From Ariel Jakobovits <arielj...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: SEO for SWF Was: Flash Platform roadmap
Date Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:33:01 GMT
I think the aim would be to let the developer specify the search data in a properties file
that gets compiled into the swf in a specified location with a specified format to avoid having
to automatically convert the UI into meaningful search information.
Ariel Jakobovits
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 From: Left Right <olegsivokon@gmail.com>
To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org 
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 12:40 AM
Subject: Re: SEO for SWF Was: Flash Platform roadmap
> find ways to make it easy to sniff a SWF for searchable text

That would be easier if the rendering of SWF was be an entirely separate
program. Then, companies, who are interested in searching the output, would
be able to "see" what has been actually shown to the user. But there's a
huge difference between what users are able to see and what they actually
saw. I.e. almost every portfolio kind of site has an "about us" page, where
people put the biography of their CEO and some other random stuff nobody
cares about (well, maybe the CEO does...). An automatic crawler wouldn't be
able to replicate human behavior if they follow the tab index... besides,
Flash, especially Flex application have a tendency to completely mess up
the tab indexing, so that parts of application become completely
inaccessible through it. Then there are things like scrolling... But when
you think of all input modes available on touch screen devices... so,
again, probably, the crawler would have to know what are the built-in input
events that have registered handlers and then try to pipe these events to
see what happens in response... Imitating drag events? sounds like mission
impossible, if the scenario is to drag something to a particular spot in
order to initiate some interaction. Either Google comes up with a
Skynet-like crawler, or that isn't going to happen :)

It sounds like it's really cheaper to hire labor force in the third world
countries and ask them to write a report on what they saw on the site, then
to write an intelligent crawler :D
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