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google interference?

Today I made a search for te following on google: css px em

Of course I received a lot of page, clicking on one:

OK. It's not so strange.

However what is the first line on the the webmasterworld site page?
"These terms have been highlighted: css px em"

* I went back to google and change search to: css px em select
* Do search, find the link
* The highligh now includes the "select" word as well

Starting with a fresh new browser, I do not see the highlight.

Checked google's html page, but it do not pass it as a query.

no idea

Monday, August 25, 2003

Your referrer URL probably contained the google link, and the site felt it had a "responsibility" to highlight those words.

Mickey Petersen
Monday, August 25, 2003

The site is adapating to the HTTP_REFERER CGI variable?

Monday, August 25, 2003

I think they're right, Webmaster world is a great resource for webmasters... If I remember correctly, they do highlight search terms from the referrer. I don't know why, you can do this with the Google Toolbar or the Google Cache, so it doesn't really add much functionality.
Monday, August 25, 2003

Go go go webmaster world!

Excellent idea; simplicity itself from a UI standpoint and yet very useful.

Dennis Atkins
Monday, August 25, 2003

Yes we do highlight terms from Google, Yahoo, AllTheWeb, and a couple other selected search engines where we receive the majority of our referrals from. It was quite a bit of work to get it all wired up - I think it is a nice feature too add. It also works for our own site search engine. btw: don't you just love referrers? Such as the way I found this post. lol Cheers.

Brett Tabke
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Handy article, that.

Tom (a programmer)
Thursday, September 11, 2003

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