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I have been reading a book about "Positioning in web search engines".
There was written such sentences: "Menu built up in javascript code is not
so familiar for
some search web browser robots, which should visit links to URLs (subpages
on your page), but
in some cases they do not visit links placed in javascript menus. That`s why
not all subpages on your web page are indexed up and that`s why it is more
possibility to reach your page by unknown user which searches web pages on
the web search browsers".
Could you give me how to make menu which is good and familiar for robots? Is
it possible to build a menu not using javascript or could you give me the
examples of such menus which are familiar for 100% for search robots to be
sure that all subpages will be indexed by search robots?

Kindest regards

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I'm no expert, but my guess would be that if you structure your menu
with 'real' hyperlinks, e.g. like so:

<li><a href="page1.html" title="Page 1">Page 1</a></li>
<li><a href="page2.html" title="Page 2">Page 2</a></li>
<li><a href="page3.html" title="Page 3">Page 3</a></li>

you can then apply all the scripting and styling you want, without
causing any trouble for search robots. This in contrast to code like

<a href="javascript:goSomewhere()">Link</a>

where the search robot cannot find relations / links between pages.
People with more knowledge on search engine technology might be able
to refine my answer though.
Hope this helps,


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Firstly, This is not so *untypical question* of a question

Secondly*, I can assume English is not your first language but as I
understand you question if you want your menus to be usable for both
humans and search engines then do as Daan suggests with plain HTML list.

Thirdly, you can use CSS to style the list anyway you wish, (vertical,
horizontal, boxed, bordered, whatever), without compromising search
engine accessibility.

Fourthly, for your convenience as the designer that needs to insert and
maintain the navigation for the site is can be inserted by server-side
scripting: SSI, PHP includes, and the like and the menu data can be as
simple as a text file, or a database table for more complex websites.

<whisper>*Just for you dorayme ;-)</whisper>

Take care,


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This element was redundant.

I knew immediately on seeing the "ly" so soon after my lesson (to
all my little chickens here) on this stuff. <g>


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