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Re: Mandatory and Important

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 06:53:19 +0000 (UTC)
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808230650340.14795@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 22 Aug 2008, Laura Carlson wrote:
> Use the tools/services and let them be nonconforming.

It makes no sense for the specification to advise someone to not conform 
to the specification.

What is conforming is literally by definition what is allowed.

What is not conforming is equivalently what is not allowed.

If something is not allowed, then it should never be done.

If a specification were to ever say that authors were supposed to do 
something that was not conforming, it would be a contradicton.

"Do X. You must never do X." is an error in a specification.

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