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[Bug 28018] New: Normative vs. Non-Normative Text (Examples)

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Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:36:38 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=28018

            Bug ID: 28018
           Summary: Normative vs. Non-Normative Text (Examples)
           Product: XPath / XQuery / XSLT
           Version: Candidate Recommendation
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Data Model 3.1
          Assignee: ndw@nwalsh.com
          Reporter: patrick@durusau.net
        QA Contact: public-qt-comments@w3.org

See Bug 6374, which has the language of the current draft:

****
In this document, examples and material labeled as "Note" are provided for
explanatory purposes and are not normative.
****

But note that "exammple" occurs 100 times in this document, often as "for
example" and isn't contained in a note. So the draft violates its own terms for
presentation to the reader.

For example:

2.3 Node Identity "No two distinct integers, for example, have the same value ;
every instance of the value “5” as an integer is identical to every other
instance of the value “5” as an integer.)"

2.6 Namespace Names "Namespace names, whatever form they take, are treated as
character strings and compared for equality using codepoint-by-codepoint
comparison, subject only to whitespace normalization if they appear in a
context (for example, within an attribute value) where this is appropriate."
(inside a definition)

Still under 2.6 " For example, the namespace part of an expanded QName is
defined to be a value of type xs:anyURI." (normative or non-normative?)

I won't bore you with citing all the other "for example" cases. 

Examples should be separated and numbered (including sub-numbering if it has
parts). How else are implementers going to refer to examples in the text?

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