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Re: [Lynx-dev] Question/feedback on Lynx.. What should I consider 'good

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Question/feedback on Lynx.. What should I consider 'good enough' result?
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 05:34:43 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 6 Dec 2009, Linda Kerley wrote:


Thank you for the Lynx tool.I ran it on my domain ( ).  
What I didn't find in the documentation was how I should know if my html 
renders 'good enough' to be understood by search engine crawlers. There is no 
rating of the HTML by Lynx (that I saw), and that would be helpful.

The text of my website was displayed in its entirety, which is good.
However, none of the links worked. (Not surprising because I put onclick 
javascript events on them and I have read the search engines can`t follow 

What I don`t know is if the presence of all the text is sufficient enough for 
the search engines. Or are the non-working links a problem.

(I didn`t want to use frames to code my site because the search engines can`t 
deal with frames. So I put all of the HTML in one big file, and then used the 
CSS for display: block / none, to show and hide text, to create the illusion of 

Is there a scale indicating good enough?

probably not readily available (for the CSS and Javascript, you might look into Acid3 tests).

Thomas E. Dickey

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