Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Collaborate On Web Search Standard

Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft said today that the three web site search engines will all support the Sitemaps 0.90 web crawl standard. Sitemaps is a file format initially published by Google which allows webmasters to indicate to search engines which files to crawl on their web sites. Both Yahoo! and Microsoft are now adopting the standard, and said they will use the protocol to ensure fresher search engine results. The Sitemaps standard is based on an XML file format.