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- How does Google's AutoLink work?
February 22, 2005, 4:37 pm
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Does anyone know how Autolink works? Some articles claim that Google
changes the html code of a page, but it doesn't (just look at the
source code after turning on the autolink). I looked at the packet
data sent from Google using Ethereal. Unfortunately, I don't
understand that packet stuff, so all of the information I got from it
was gibberish to me. The one thing I did get from it though was that
there were no http packets passed when I clicked on the toolbar's
"autolink" button. It was all TCP.
On another note, Autolink kinda sucks anyway. It only identifies the
ISBN or address or tracking number nearest the top of any given page.
If there are multiple addresses or ISBNs on a page, you can only link
to the first one using the toolbar.
Re: How does Google's AutoLink work?
> Does anyone know how Autolink works? Some articles claim that Google
> changes the html code of a page, but it doesn't
No, I suspect that it doesn't.
At a guess, it uses the DOM to add in extra links and such.
Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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