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Re: xml:base and fragments

  • From: John Cowan <johnwcowan@gmail.com>
  • To: "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <cmsmcq@blackmesatech.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 14:20:32 -0400

Re:  xml:base and fragments

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:57 PM, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen <cmsmcq@blackmesatech.com> wrote:

> The question is does the final "Note that" sentence really mean that the base URI is ignored? (And should a sentence that starts with "Note that" be treated as normative?)

Given the opportunity, I’d class the sentence beginning “Note that” as a note,
declare it non-normative, and correct its misstatement of the rule.

I think that would be bad hermeneutics, however convenient in the context.  In my usage as a spec-writer at least, "note that" is simply a short form of "pay attention to the fact that" and has the same normativeness as its context.  It serves to point out a less-than-obvious special case. The mere use of the verb "note" does not make something a Note all by itself.

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