Google Trying to Index JavaScript?

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

  • Ammon Johns

    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.