Google indexes SVG

Thu 2 September 2010 18:29, Menno Flikkema

Google indexes SVG

According to the Google Webmaster Blog, Google is now indexing .SVG, (Scalable Vector Graphics) presented as an alternative to Flash. But who besides wikipedia actually uses .SVG? In my view, .SVG is akin to Flash when used in content - what kind of relevance does it add? 

Even more so because Google presently does not follow links in .SVG. Why should we ever expect it to?

Still, because .SVG can be used inline in the HTML5 standard, we may see interesting uses of it in the near future that could actually boost the relevance of a page. With Apple's push to a more open web with products that don't support Flash, HTML5 (and SVG) will become more important (and we can finally have CSS3 fluid columns :-) 

Even though Google now indexes .SVG I feel that it is still formata non grata. So here is a gratuitous link to a SVG file (warning, full screen SVG file link). Does anyone have any experience with .SVG in websites and/or a case for search? Please respond! 

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