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The goal of this document is to help W3C editors write better specifications, by making a specification easier to interpret without ambiguity and clearer as to what is required in order to conform.
It focuses on how to define and specify conformance.
It also addresses how a specification might allow variation among conforming implementations.
The document presents guidelines or requirements, supplemented with good practices, examples and techniques.
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It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document.W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment.This enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) with respect to this specification should disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.This document is a guide for editors of W3C specifications.It provides guidelines for improving conformance-related characteristics.