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Re: Normative in UAAG10 (and other W3C TRs)

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 21:08:07 -0500
Message-ID: <3AB41887.4AFB6B16@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Al Gilman wrote:
> [blind copies to UA and to XTECH for cross-group specification language
> coordination.]
> A Very good point.
> ** summary
> Our definition of 'normative' as used in W3C documents should be something
> like
> [draft]
> The term 'normative' [as used in this document] is an adjective indicating "on
> which the rules set forth in this document depend for their most precise
> statement."
> [end draft]

[snip good stuff]

First draft of glossary entry:

 Normative, Non-normative, Informative

   As used in this document, the term "normative" refers to
   "that on which the requirements of this document depend
   for their most precise statement." What is normative
   is required for conformance (though the conformance scheme
   of this document allows claimants to exempt certain normative
   provisions as long as the claim discloses the exemption).
   What is identified as "non-normative" of "informative" 
   is never required for conformance.
  - Ian

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