Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 10:08:21 PST To: www-wca <firstname.lastname@example.org> From: Jim Pitkow <email@example.com> Message-Id: <98Dec11.100937pst."147472"@mailback.parc.xerox.com> Subject: Re: Robots At 09:23 AM 12/10/98 , Henrik Frystyk Nielsen wrote: > > I am aware of one such list which is linked off > > <http://www.w3.org/Protocols/>http://www.w3.org/Protocols/ I'm aware of that page, which while providing a nice list of robots, also shares some similar conclusions: Note that now robot technology is being used in increasing numbers of end-user products, this list is becoming less useful and complete. which leaves us with the same mess. > > be better to characterize browsing patterns than user agents. There are many > ways browsing can be done: > > GUI browsing > line mode browsing > high bandwidth vs. low bandwidth browsing > voice dictated browsing > link checking and content validation > mirror generating > indexing (breath or depth) > cache validation > ... > > all of which I think are valid ways of using the Web but are likely to result > in different browsing patterns. I also think that it is likely that the same > application can cover several modes and hence splitting it by user-agent may > not capture the various modes of browsing. The examples above are interesting in that they capture intentionality, which if I think we could capture, would be great, but it's a really difficult task... I was more concerned initially with just the 'whose following the links' aspect, so that different paths could be processed separately..