Informative vs. Normative, defined

Paul.M.Sweazey at Paul.M.Sweazey at
Fri Jul 27 11:47:31 PDT 2007

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You don't want to depend on a dictionary to define how seriously to take a
standards document. Dictionaries are mushy and give lots of options.
"This section is optionally normative".
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Is something wrong with Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary?
Or any other English dictionary, for that matter?
All the best,
plavarre at wrote:
      3.1 Definitions of Sam4r12.pdf is Not, repeat Not, the place to find
      'informative' vs. 'normative' distinguished in the T10 way …
      Anybody know where the right place is?
      Curiously yours, thanks in advance,
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