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Re: Swish-e Spider and Following Image-based Links

From: Peter Karman <peter(at)>
Date: Wed Jan 10 2007 - 14:59:36 GMT
James scribbled on 1/10/07 8:40 AM:
> c
> On 1/10/07, Peter Karman wrote:
>> James scribbled on 1/10/07 7:13 AM:
>>> Good morning!
>>> I have a question.  Is it possible to tweak the Swish-e spider so that it
>>> will follow image-based links, even if the image does not have an alt tag?
>>> I realize that having the alt tags are the standard, so don't misunderstand
>>> me.  However, we all know that a lot of web-masters (professional and
>>> novice) don't use alt tags, even for image-based links and the Swish-e
>>> spider doesn't seem to follow those image-based links without the alt tags.
>> I would guess that the reason the spider ignores the src attribute of img tags
>> is that images are assumed to be non-text, and Swish-e only handles text.
> Peter, I would imagine you are correct.  But, why are other bots, like
> the ones that Google, MSN and Yahoo use, able to follow the links?  Is
> there a way for the Swish-e spider to simply recognize that a link is
> in the HTML and follow it?  Or how do other bots handle it?

It would be most helpful if you provided an example of the HTML that is not 
behaving the way you expect it to.

Peter Karman  .  .  peter(at)
Received on Wed Jan 10 06:59:37 2007