A processing instruction for robots

Don Park donpark at docuverse.com
Thu Dec 9 12:46:56 GMT 1999

Tim Bray wrote:
>But my big problem is with the idea that individual resources 
>ought to embed robot-steering information. It just feels like
>the wrong level of granularity.  Either this ought to be done
>externally in something like robots.txt but smarter, at the
>webmaster/administrator level, or, with a namespaced vocabulary
>at the individual element level.

You are assuming that these resources exists somewhere
where an external resource like robots.txt can coexist
relative to the target resources.

I would much more prefer an arrangement where I have
the option of embedding, linking, or sequencing.  By
sequencing, I mean document transmission order specifies
the relationships between documents.  If only a single
one-way communication channel is available, then meta-info
document can be sent just ahead of the target document.


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