I've never assumed that the "Allow:" directive was supported by all search engine spiders.  From what I know, only Google supports it.  The draft mentions it, but that's the problem — it's just a draft.  Officially, the directive does not exist.  Admittedly, it has been in the draft state since 1997!  I guess someone should do something about it, but nobody cares enough to do so.

Anyway, Google's robots.txt makes the assumption that all spiders support this draft directive, and uses "Allow:" under "User-agent: *."

User-agent: *
Allow: /searchhistory/
Disallow: /news?output=xhtml&
Allow: /news?output=xhtml
Disallow: /search

It's not such a big deal, but interesting nonetheless.  I simply wouldn't do this, but I'm not Google :)

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