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AFAIK there is no indexing of SWF files by any of the Search Engines - this is one serious downside to deploying Flex apps that require search engine exposure to be successful - I think Adobe is working on this with Google last I heard.
good to know
btw, what dose AFAIK stand for? xD
as far as I know
Adobe has built Ichabod a headless spider for swfs and sent it to search engines; however no one is quite sure what search engines are doing w/ it. It apepars that SWF content is not indexed yet.
But there are other approaches. We did an episode on it a while back:
My personal feeling is that we shouldn't be using swfs / Flex to deliver content to my users; therefore it doesn't matter if it gets indexed. We use swfs to deliver functionality. Content needs to be indexed, functionality doesn't.
My take is that you might deliver content via SWFs, but not if you need SEO. Why not, SWF is just another way of delivering something.
Of course Flex is not great when you are dealing with lots of text.
In any case, for now, its best, as Jeffry says, to have Flex used for offering great functionality, embedded in an HTML page that has enough text to allow for SEO.
Who knows, maybe someday most websites will be build entirely in Flex. Not now if you need SEO.