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Subject: Re: [dita] Question about default for @format when linking to file.htm

Keep in mind the RFC-2119 meanings of the normative terms:

This word, or the terms "required" or "shall", mean that the definition is an absolute requirement of the specification.
This word, or the adjective "recommended", means that there may exist valid reasons in particular circumstances to ignore a particular item, but the full implications must be understood and carefully weighed before choosing a different course.


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting
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On 3/17/2014 7:56 AM, Bob Thomas wrote:
Hi Chris,

I prefer "must", but I don't feel strongly about it.

Best Regards,
Bob Thomas

On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 5:33 AM, Chris Nitchie <chris.nitchie@oberontech.com> wrote:
Yes, .htm should mean .html. I'm undecided about must vs. should on this one, but leaning must.



On Mar 13, 2014, at 6:24 PM, "Robert D Anderson" <robander@us.ibm.com> wrote:


I see a draft comment in the write up for proposal 13107 (assume a default value for @format based on the extension of the linked resource. Bob's comment states:
This description needs to specify that a ".htm" extension MUST imply format value "html".

That's a slight change from the approved proposal, so I wanted to send to the TC before making that change.
1. Is that correct - an extension of "htm" means format="html" (rather than format="htm")?
2. Is this something that we want to list as MUST with a reference to the RFC terminology?

Thanks -

Robert D Anderson
IBM Authoring Tools Development
Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit (http://dita-ot.sourceforge.net/)

Bob Thomas
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