__/ [ www.1-script.com ] on Tuesday 02 May 2006 16:43 \__
> I hope this was not discussed to death here since it's so apparent, but
> it's news to me.
> Looking at Google's own robots.txt here (http://www.google.com/robots.txt)
> User-agent: *
> Allow: /searchhistory/
> Disallow: /search
> Disallow: /groups
> Disallow: /images
> and the list goes on...
> What? Allow: ? Since when there is an Allow directive in the set?
It's in the specifications as far as I know. It always has been (at least
ever since I become familiar with robots.txt). Maybe it is used as an
indication/emphasis of availability or somewhat of a directive like XML
Here is one relevant reference:
,----[ Quote ]
| It is also possible to use an "allow" in addition to disallows.
| For example:
| user-agent: FreeFind
| disallow: /cgi-bin/
| allow: /cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi
| allow: /cgi-bin/forumdisplay.cgi
The example above comes to show you when "allow" can be useful, under
particular circumstances. "None apart from" or "All except for".
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