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49329178explain what a conforming document is2010-04-01 01:00
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@@ -1643,13 +1643,20 @@
   documents<span class="impl"> (relevant to authors and authoring tool
   implementors)</span>.</p>
 
-  <p class="note impl">There is no implied relationship between
-  document conformance requirements and implementation conformance
-  requirements. User agents are not free to handle non-conformant
-  documents as they please; the processing model described in this
-  specification applies to implementations regardless of the
-  conformity of the input documents.</p>
+  <p><dfn>Conforming documents</dfn> are those that comply with all
+  the conformance criteria for documents. For readability, some of
+  these conformance requirements are phrased as conformance
+  requirements on authors; such requirements are implicitly
+  requirements on documents: by definition, all documents are assumed
+  to have had an author. (In some cases, that author may itself be a
+  user agent &mdash; such user agents are subject to additional rules,
+  as explained below.)</p>
 
+  <p class="example">For example, if a requirement states that
+  "authors must not use the <code title="">foobar</code> element", it
+  would imply that documents are not allowed to contain elements named
+  <code title="">foobar</code>.</p>
+
   <div class="impl">
 
 <!--END microdata-->
@@ -1825,9 +1832,9 @@
 
    <dd>
 
-    <p>Authoring tools and markup generators must generate conforming
-    documents. Conformance criteria that apply to authors also apply
-    to authoring tools, where appropriate.</p>
+    <p>Authoring tools and markup generators must generate
+    <span>conforming documents</span>. Conformance criteria that apply
+    to authors also apply to authoring tools, where appropriate.</p>
 
     <p>Authoring tools are exempt from the strict requirements of
     using elements only for their specified purpose, but only to the
@@ -1914,6 +1921,13 @@
 
 <!--END microdata-->
 
+  <p class="note impl">There is no implied relationship between
+  document conformance requirements and implementation conformance
+  requirements. User agents are not free to handle non-conformant
+  documents as they please; the processing model described in this
+  specification applies to implementations regardless of the
+  conformity of the input documents.</p>
+
   <p>For compatibility with existing content and prior specifications,
   this specification describes two authoring formats: one based on XML
   (referred to as <span>the XHTML syntax</span>), and one using a <a

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