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[SpecGL] C1: define your terms, GP 2

From: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 16:24:16 +0200
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <1090851855.29618.174.camel@stratustier>
2nd (and last) GP for section C1.

Good practice: re-use existing terms, and don't redefine them

What does this mean?
When a definition for a term already exists (e.g. in a different
specification) and matches your needs, re-use the term and its
definitions without changing them, and with a reference to the source.

Why care?
Re-using existing terms reduce the cost of crafting new definitions, and
makes it easier for readers already familiar with other specifications
to get into a new one. Also, conflicting definitions of the same term
leads to a reduced interoperability.

- use the W3C Glossary system to check if there are existing definitions
of the term you want to re-use
- when quoting a definition from another specification, put a link back
to the specification 
Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux - http://www.w3.org/People/Dom/

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