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GL6 Conformance Policy -- a new twist

From: David Marston/Cambridge/IBM <david_marston@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 17:08:40 -0400
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org
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The example below may give new insights into the value of a guideline
and checkpoints on Conformance Policy. Today, a spec editor responded
to a request for clarification/erratum by saying that the meaning of
the current spec could be discerned by applying a principle that the
more specific rule takes precedence over the more general rule. But
the spec in question never says that such a principle is in force!

Checkpoints are a way to draw out hidden policies and interpretations,
even legalistic ones like the above. The above may also reflect a view
that is not shared among all cultures in the world, so ascribing the
principle to "common understanding" is unwise.
.................David Marston
Received on Friday, 25 October 2002 17:16:27 UTC

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