Flash developers would be pleased on this one – Google has now learnt to crawl the text within the Flash files.

Google learns to crawl Flash

Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we’ve improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe’s Flash Player technology.

In the past, web designers faced challenges if they chose to develop a site in Flash because the content they included was not indexable by search engines. They needed to make extra effort to ensure that their content was also presented in another way that search engines could find.

Now that we’ve launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets. There’s more info on the Webmaster Central blog about the Searchable SWF integration. (Source: Google Blog)

This should have been done a long time ago. But it’s great news for ActionScript lovers. You text are not left out any more.

But! But!! But!!! Honestly, given a choice I much prefer see JavaScript if Flash is not really need. If you just want to create some rollovers or an image gallery, consider JavaScript. For one, it just works out-of-the-box. JavaScript libraries have cool effects that you can achieve with Flash too.

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