Posted March 16, 2006 11:36 am by with 1 comment

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Barry has details of what looks like an initiative by Google to index JavaScript. Is the Googlebot trying to find the hidden web?

  • Googlebot first came to my notice for starting to interpret JavaScript back in late 2000 or early 2001 when it gained the ability to detect JavaScript redirection used on-page.

    At that time, it wasn’t very advanced, and caused pages with frame-busting or frame-loading javascripts to suffer problems. Since that time, I have used external JavaScript files for everything but a few test sites. Thankfully, this early JavaScript detection (and penalization) was turned off within months.

    However, it naturally highlighted Google’s interest and ambition in having a robot that could interpret various JavaScript functions. I’ve never allowed it to slip my mind since, and I’m sure that Google haven’t either.