Formalizing

Formalizing the Robots Exclusion Protocol Specification

For 25 years, the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) has been one of the most basic and critical components of the web. It allows website owners to exclude automated clients, for example web crawlers, from accessing their sites – either partially or completely. In 1994, Martijn Koster (a webmaster himself) created the initial standard after crawlers …

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