Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Google, MSN, and Yahoo implement my noref idea!

A month and a half ago, I suggested a new parameter to the html anchor tag to allow users to prevent a link on their site from being viewed as a "recommendation" to the search engines.

This morning, I woke up to find that the three major search engines, Google, MSN, and Yahoo, all implemented this feature!

Check it out:

Google Blog Entry
MSN Search Blog
Yahoo! Search Blog

Sweeeeet!

3 comments:

Mike Swingler said...

You win this round Xref...

I do like the fact that they used the 'rel' param, since it is one of the defining tags for semantic-xhtml. While 'nofollow' isn't exactly a real meaning of a link or what it links to, I'm glad that this recommendation will bring more awareness to the 'rel' tag and it's other more...relevant uses.

Hell, maybe I'll start adding rel tags to cadillac and energizer when they aren't looking. :D

For a nifty presentation on semantic markup see: www.tantek.com/presentations/2004etech/realworldsemanticspres.html

adamjh said...

That presentation is nifty indeed, Thanks!

I especially like the acronym for extensible open xhtml outlines ;-)

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