Google has revealed improvements to Webmaster Central, according to the site’s latest blog entry.

The search engine claims that the robots.txt analysis tool is now able to properly recognise sitemap declarations and relative urls.

Google’s official Webmaster Central blog states that earlier versions of the tool were unable to pick up sitemaps and only understood absolute URLs reporting anything else as misunderstood or Syntax.

Now it is claimed that users will be able to see whether sitemap URLs and scope are valid and that the feature now has the ability to test against relative URLs with less typing involved.

Last month Google’s Matt Cutts announced at the Word Camp conference in San Francisco that the search engine would be optimised to allow underscores to separate words in online searches.

It is thought that the algorithm changes will be good news for bloggers who use TypePad or Movable Type software and those who feature underscores in their URLs.

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