A processing instruction for robots

Walter Underwood wunder at infoseek.com
Fri Dec 3 16:55:54 GMT 1999

At 12:09 PM 12/3/99 +0000, Toby Speight wrote:
>It may be an idea to provide a NOTATION identifier for the processing
>instruction, rather than binding it to the specific word "robots".  It
>depends on the trade-off you want to make between implementor convenience
>and author generality.  If you've thought about it and decided against,
>it's probably worth a comment in your proposal explaining your rationale.

Good point. Since the target of the PI is "any robot that cares",
the notation would need to point to something other than a 
particular robot, probably the spec. That is a namspace-like
use of the notation.

In that case, should the spec require that processors check for
the correct notation before interpreting the PI?

I'm a bit wary of making things more complex. The robot world is 
the natural home of the Desparate Perl Hacker, so I'd like the
spec to be understandable in 30 seconds or less.

Walter R. Underwood
Senior Staff Engineer
Infoseek Software
GO Network, part of The Walt Disney Company
wunder at infoseek.com
http://software.infoseek.com/cce/ (my product)

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