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Re: Robots PI (non-normative)?

From: Walter Underwood <wunder@ultraseek.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 07:54:02 -0700
To: Daniel.Veillard@w3.org, Walter Underwood <wunder@infoseek.com>
cc: "Eve L. Maler" <elm@east.sun.com>, www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <116688.3169871642@[192.168.8.114]>
I'd appreciate knowing why this is not to be included. It is an
important and proven feature for the web, important enough to be
in HTML 4.0 (as a non-normative appendix).

The alternative to one, easily-found convention is multiple,
incompatible robot controls. I'd expect the W3C to be interested
in improving the consistancy and usability of the web.

Remember that search engines and directories are a major component
of the web. They are the web-wide navigation component. Period.
The robots meta tag is an important part of making them work.

Are there any representatives from search engines on XLink?

Inktomi has signed an agreement to acquire my group, so this
is likly to become an Inktomi-sponsored convention in a couple
of months.

wunder

--On Tuesday, June 13, 2000 12:50 PM +0200 Daniel Veillard <Daniel.Veillard@w3.org> wrote:
>   Walter,
>
>  the Working Group considered the issue, and decided it should not be
> included directly in XLink. It was considered it should be kept a
> separate mechanism. The feeling of the Group was that this should
> be sent to the W3C as a NOTE from your company (and it seems other
> companies from Working Group members were ready to support this
> submission to W3C).
>
>   thanks for your proposal,
>
> Daniel
>
> On Tue, Mar 21, 2000 at 10:16:16AM -0800, Walter Underwood wrote:
>> Thanks, and let me know if there are any questions. -- wunder
>>
>> At 01:09 PM 3/21/00 -0500, Eve L. Maler wrote:
>> > At 08:53 AM 3/21/00 -0800, Walter Underwood wrote:
>> >> I know this is a day after Last Call. Sorry.
>> >
>> > No problem...
>> >
>> >> Robots are an important class of link-aware applications.
>> >> Document authors need to be able to give hints to robots
>> >> about whether the links in a document should be followed.
>> >
>> > I don't think this has ever been considered in the Linking group before; we will consider the issue and report the findings in our Disposition of Comments document (not yet available).
>> >
>> > Thanks!
>> >
>> >         Eve
>> >
>> > Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
>> > Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center    elm @ east.sun.com
>>
>> --
>> Walter R. Underwood
>> Senior Staff Engineer
>> Infoseek Software
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Walter Underwood
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Received on Tuesday, 13 June 2000 10:53:10 GMT

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