A processing instruction for robots

Lars Marius Garshol larsga at garshol.priv.no
Sat Dec 11 14:28:01 GMT 1999

* Lars Marius Garshol
| Second thought: "and the index attribute must be first". This is
| nice for implementors, but is likely to clash with the expectations
| of users and the cost of more generality is very low for
| implementors.

* Walter Underwood
| I'm open to changing this, but I thought I would start with the most
| strict version. The advantage of the strict version is that it
| doesn't need to be parsed. The Desparate Perl Hacker can do four
| regex compares for the four variants and get back to work.

I think I agree with Robert Hanson here. It's so easy to parse even if
the order is optional that I don't really see any point in fixing the
order. (Note for example that "Associating stylesheets with ..." does
not fix the order.)

| Maybe folks who've worked with authors on SGML systems have
| some relevant experience. Is this too strict for folks that
| aren't tamed by computers?

I'm not really qualified to answer this, so I'll pass.

--Lars M.

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