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Is data inside an <option> tag indexed?

For example, would the following option tag allow "Volvo", "Saab", "Opel" and "Audi" to be indexed by a crawler?

<select>
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="opel">Opel</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>

Will search engines put any weight on data in an option form element?

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What do you mean by inside a tag? What type of tag? Do you mean options such as radio groups or check boxes and their labels? If you mean the text displayed next to these options in forms and such the answer is yes they'll be indexed. All text which you can see in your browser along with some other attributes such as alt in image tags etc are also taken into consideration when indexing a page.

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The OP is referring to the content inside option elements, but the question is badly formatted and needs 1 more person to approve the edit. ;) –  w3d Nov 17 '12 at 8:43
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I would imagine since the text is technically rendered on the page it's counted in some way towards the pages relevancy. An automobile site using a select or multiselect menu with all auto manufacturers would be helpful to Google. It's not really hidden text –  Anagio Nov 17 '12 at 18:12

How could you delete my answer. Tags are indexed by Google and if we block them by robot.txt, then they can't be indexed. Otherwise tags, categories are always indexed. Hope this discussion will help you: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/zWj1mo4_nyU

See another example: http://geek-freemarketing.com/tag/blogging-headlines#

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fgeek-freemarketing.com%2Ftag%2Fblogging-headlines%23

So tags are indexed. Please don't delete answers and before that at least once send an alert, so that we can edit our answers.

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