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Re: Org schemas we talked to be non-free, was: [ELPA] New package: repol

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Org schemas we talked to be non-free, was: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 02:35:47 -0500

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  > (I have the impression that we might be interpreting to much into
  > the RelaxNG immutability. After all, things like RFCs are, in their
  > way immutable -- you can't change RFC8555 and keep calling it by
  > the same name.

GNU software usually follows standards, and occasionally departs from
them.  (See node Non-GNU Standards in the GNU Coding Standards.)  But
the standards a program follows are not part of the program itself.

You might think of using a standards document as part of the program's
documentation, but we never do that, precisely because standards
documents are typically immutable.  Documentation must be free
(see https://gnu.org/philosophy/free-doc.html).

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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