Google has added an external resource loading feature to its Flash indexing capabilities. It means whenever an SWF file loads the content from any other text, HTML, XML or SWF file, the content would be indexed too and would be associated with the parent SWF file or other documents present in it.
By introducing the new capability, Google has improved the search quality as the relevant content contained in the external resources will now appear as response to the user's queries.
Janis Stipins, Software Engineer, Google told about what all Google can do when it encounters SWF files:
- It can index the text content displayed as user interacts along with the file. Buttons are clicked and input is entered just like a user would do.
- Discover links in the flash files.
- External resources are loaded and associated with the content in parent file.
- Index sites scripted with AS1, AS2, and AS3. This is done even if the ActionScript is obfuscated.