[rfc-i] normative illustrations vs text

Larry Masinter masinter at adobe.com
Fri Apr 27 01:45:05 PDT 2012

disagree: assigning a precedence weakens the motivation for insuring equivalence, makes an arbitrary choice when either could be wrong, and has no benefit if the rules are firm. If the rules aren't firm, why bother talking about rules?

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From: Iljitsch van Beijnum <iljitsch at muada.com>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter at adobe.com>
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Sent: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 08:21:27 GMT+00:00
Subject: Re: [rfc-i] normative illustrations vs text

On 27 Apr 2012, at 9:33 , Larry Masinter wrote:

> There is no need to assign precedence of one over the other... if they disagree it is a spec bug and worth an erratum.

Absolutely on the latter, but I still think it's useful to make the text normative and the images optional. This signals that the text MUST absolutely be correct and complete, and also breaks ties when the two don't agree.
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