A private comment on the BATV specification raises a basic point about
specification writing that I thought worth pursuing independently:
Some normative statements are placed in a paragraph labeled "NOTE:" so as to
emphasize the requirement of the text. It has been suggested that that label
actually implies less importance, not more. (In regular prose, a footnote,
for example, is indeed secondary to the main text.)
I think it is worth distinguishing text that is secondary from normative text
that is being emphasized. So I'm inclined to agree that "NOTE:" should be
used for non-normative stuff.
That leaves the question of what convention is appropriate for marking
emphasized normative text.
I don't have a ready suggestion, so I thought I'd ask you folk...?
ps. Or let NOTE be used for emphasizing normative text, and have some other
convention for secondary. Whatever works and is appealing to the community.