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Re: Meaning of normative references [was: Update on namespaces]

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 22:51:55 -0400
Message-ID: <33B087CB.F3FD1DBF@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
len bullard wrote:
> It means the editors/designers/ERB of the specification have
> specified a language that does not violate the technical requirements of
> the parent specification.  It does not prevent them from
> writing one which is technically complete.  If they can do
> that, they can write a specification that needs no clarification.

But if an XML document is defined to be an SGML document, doesn't a
scrupulous implementor have to read the SGML specification to *ensure*
that the XML spec is complete, accurate and sufficiently constraining? 

"This national law is intended to be consistent with international law.
If there is a conflict between this law and international law, consult
international law."

Doesn't a careful lawyer have to read international law before
interpreting the local one?

 Paul Prescod
Received on Tuesday, 24 June 1997 22:52:31 EDT

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