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Subject: RE: For consideration of specification authors
I find the new keywords very useful in describing many of the conformance requirements in our documents and have applied them appropriately.
The proposed additional flexibility doesn’t seem helpful with respect to promoting interoperability.
In my experience, specifications are well served by following: ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2, Principles and rules for the structure and drafting of ISO and IEC documents.
I recommend converting to the use of the terms: should, shall not, should, should not, may, may not, can, cannot, and must as specified in clause 7 of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.
Specification authors should have a look at https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6919 when reworking the V4.01 specifications. Some of these new normative keywords might come in handy.
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