[LEAPSECS] LEAPSECS Digest, Vol 47, Issue 12 - Clarification
dfinkleman at agi.com
Wed Nov 3 14:12:57 EDT 2010
The term "normative" has special meaning. From Wikipedia: In law, as
an academic discipline, the term "normative" is used to describe the way
something ought to be done according to a value position. A normative
document (such as an ISO Standard) has greater credibility, if not
authority, than any other reference in a contract or law. It has been
developed through an audited, collaborative consensus. It is created
voluntarily to meet a demonstrated need. It is specific and expressed
the same way in all instances. Since there is no normative definition
of UTC, every instance in a contract, law, or similar vehicle should be
accompanied by the definition intended. This is a major flaw of the US
law of 2007 that mandated UTC as the civil time scale in the US. It did
not say what UTC was, is, or will be, so it could be anything as long as
DoC and USNO agree.
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