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Do any of you have information on which major search engines do and don't
index the content of PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, or PowerPoint files?

Harlan Messinger
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Re: Non-HTML formats

Harlan Messinger wrote:
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Both Google and Yahoo! index PDF files.  Google will also index MS-Word and
PowerPoint files, but I'm not sure if Yahoo! does.  You can use the
"" command on both Google and Yahoo! to see the documents
from the domain in question are in the respective indeces.  So, naturally, if
you know a non-HTML format document is available through a standard link on a
page that is in the search engine index, if it shows up in the site: command
results, then you know the search engine reads such files.  If a particular file
doesn't show up, you can't quite be sure if that search engine reads such files
since they are often handled with a special 'bot that only crawls on an
irregular basis - (odd-numbered Tuesdays, Sergey's uncle's birthday, whatever) -
and it just might not have gotten around to that document yet.  Good luck!

Richard L. Trethewey

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