Since charters were privatae conventiones and since the gift may have been made by oral disposition, one function of the charter was to proclaim the act more widely. It is possible that charters were written to be read aloud in courts or other meetings (which often affects the punctuation, in particular the punctus elevatus -- a hiatus in the reading to allow the drawing of breath). The wider proclamation is represented in the notification and the address, which are sometimes distinct and separate clauses, but sometimes conflated within a single clause.

The notification may have progressed from narrower (honorial) to wider (the rest of the world), although that is rather a broad differentiation, since such a chronology was not exact and there were many nuances. There are, nonetheless, several different forms which reflect different levels of notification.

The purpose of the notification was to make known, perhaps by reading aloud in judicial and other assemblies, what had happened privately and orally, to make those acts public and broadcast. It was an integral part of the evidentiary nature of charters, which may not originally have been dispositive, but merely recorded an oral disposition and symbolic livery.