Will there be a Yahoo! Browser?

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What About a Yahoo Browser?; Meet the Chief "People" Yahoo
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An interesting tidbit via Gary notes Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel talking about the possibility of a Yahoo! browser at some point We KNOW GOOG are developing one of course, you' have to be a blind, rabid, intellectually challenged monkey not to see that coming...

You could look to Yahoo to do most everything that makes sense on the Internet going forward,” Semel said. Developing a browser might make sense β€œat some point in time,”

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(shoot fast)

Can I have an invite please?

Hehehe, I wanted to be the first here ;]

The Google browser explained

Google have always had a Google browser, since long before they were Google. You've all talked about it for years. Once known as Backrub, you probably know it better as Googlebot. The spider is a user_agent, just as much as the kind of browser many mistakenly think of.

What is the biggest flaw of the spider as a user agent? That it cannot see, or make true visual interpretations. It can't see that certain text may be invisible when rendered. It can't see that one block of text has been repositioned out of sight when rendered.

The answer is therefore simple - it needs to better understand how pages are rendered by other types of browser. How do you do that? You hire folks who build browsers that render. That way Googlebot can learn where and how to render things, and so note which have not been rendered visibly.

Imagine a spider that understands how a page is rendered. It knows what goes where in the rendered page, no matter how you arrange the code, or what you do with javascript and CSS. A big step up from block-level guesswork.

That is the google browser.

The browser-spider

Good points Black Knight - however, what you refer to here has been available to Google as well as to Yahoo for more than a year:

Imagine a spider that understands how a page is rendered. It knows what goes where in the rendered page, no matter how you arrange the code, or what you do with javascript and CSS.

It's called a Mozilla compatible user agent. You will find it's signature in your logs, it's just a little bit different from the normal Googlebot or Slurp, but, as they say - the devil is in the details.

Mozilla renders dumbly

Mozilla puts things on your screen. It doesn't perform any analysis of where it put things or how visible they would be, it just does what it is told.

The google browser would not have to actually render anything, but rather would have to know whether, if it were to render something, it would be visually important on the page.

Then it could compare the rendered layout with a heatmap to ascertain the weight an importance of any element according to how it was laid out - perhaps even something like:
http://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/static.py?page=tips.html

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