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May 25, 2009, 18:28 #1
In the W3C what is non-normative?
I have been reading the part where it make a reference to:
This section is non-normative:
May 25, 2009, 19:25 #2
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Good question. From http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-0/
XML Schema Part 0: Primer is a non-normative document intended to provide an easily readable description of the XML Schema facilities, and is oriented towards quickly understanding how to create schemas using the XML Schema language. XML Schema Part 1: Structures and XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes provide the complete normative description of the XML Schema language. This primer describes the language features through numerous examples which are complemented by extensive references to the normative texts.
The primer is a non-normative document, which means that it does not provide a definitive (from the W3C's point of view) specification of the XML Schema language. The examples and other explanatory material in this document are provided to help you understand XML Schema, but they may not always provide definitive answers. In such cases, you will need to refer to the XML Schema specification, and to help you do this, we provide many links pointing to the relevant parts of the specification.
My take is that non-normative is the "dumbed down" (readable) version and normative is the technical gibberish that few seem able to comprehend.
May 25, 2009, 20:16 #3
Not you have made clear the term non-normative, Which I have been trying to parse for a while now. Hey Thank you Mittineague
May 25, 2009, 22:50 #4
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A normative section is a formal part of the recommendation. It contains rules that everyone must follow.
A non-normative, or informative, section contains additional information, advice and suchlike that isn't a formal part of the standard. That doesn't mean the information is less important, but it's not binding in the same way as the normative sections.Birnam wood is come to Dunsinane