my point is that the prefered form for editing is going to be different for different people on the same document. it's a very nebulous term, far more so then for programs where there's a very obvious difference between source code and the binary result.
There are cases where it may not be clear which the preferred form is. There are also very common cases where it is quite clear (you probably don't hand-edit the postscript produced by latex/dvips or the average wordprocessor).
I'm having a hard time seeing how ambituity in the choice of preferred format is likely to cause a real problem in any case--the case we really want to prevent is someone modifying documentation and then claiming they only need provide you with some obfuscated version (nothing but the output of xfig->latex->dvips->ps2pdf for you!), in which case there's not really any ambiguity.
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