Question: Why does the colon generate an error when "local" follows?


I have always asked myself this question: why do the colon after the proc(...) statement generate an error if the following statement is local or global?
(the third example is here to show that no error occurs if local is omitted... the warning is of course obvious)

Standard Worksheet Interface, Maple 2015.2, Mac OS X, December 21 2015 Build ID 1097895

f := proc(x) local y: y:=x+1 end proc:

g := proc(x): local y: y:=x+1 end proc:
Error, unexpected `local` declaration in procedure body

h := proc(x): y:=x+1 end proc:
Warning, `y` is implicitly declared local to procedure `h`


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