[rfc-i] Is there a use case for 2119 keyword markup?

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Thu Jun 19 21:17:55 PDT 2014

On 6/19/2014 1:31 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>> > Marking the whole chunk of text that says something normative, on the
>> > other hand, could tell us something interesting.
> Yes. Like <code>

The idea is entirely reasonable.

However this would also represent a substantial cultural change in the
writing of specifications.

Specifications are not currently written with that kind of clarity and
precision about what characters fall under the umbrella of being
normative and what characters do not.  It's not just the normative word
and it's not (necessarily) even just the sentence the normative word
appears in.

Worse, besides being more editing work, it will require more working
group consensus effort, so there agreement on what's normative and what


Dave Crocker
Brandenburg InternetWorking

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