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Re: Normative and Non-Normative - Why?

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 06:49:32 -0400
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To: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

         Others will correct my perception, but basically "normative" 
refers to those things which have a clear dividing line between what is and 
isn't accessible. Non-normative are those things for which a range of 
accessibility is necessary and for which no one wants to commit to a clear 
dividing line because it will automatically dis-include some whose web use 
depends on those things.

         Normative presumes that if your site passes some machine test, it 
is considered conformant even tho the meat of accessibility hasn't been 
met. Non-normative means a human has to look at the site and decide if it 


At 02:24 AM 10/16/01 +0100, Graham Oliver wrote:
>Before I become assimilated <grin> would someone
>please explain to me why the huge emphasis on whether
>something is 'normative' or 'non-normative'.
>The use of the word 'normative' in the Guidelines
>Document strikes me as being a jargon word and a
>potential barrier to understanding.
>Graham Oliver
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Anne Pemberton

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