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Subject: The use of "should"in ODF 1.0 considered harmful

According to Annex H of ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2,  "should" shall be
used "to indicate that among several possibilities one is recommended
as particularly suitable, without mentioning or excluding others, or
that a certain course of action is preferred but not necessarily
required, or that (in the negative form) a certain possibility or
course of action is deprecated but not prohibited."  JIS has adopted 
the same convention, and we always translate "should" (and "shall") 

However, ODF 1.0 (ISO/IEC 26300) does not appear to follow this 
well-established convention.  This is ok, since ODF 1.0 was not 
required to follow ISO/IEC Directives Part 2.  However, ODF 1.2 
will be treated differently.


MURATA Makoto (FAMILY Given) <EB2M-MRT@asahi-net.or.jp>

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