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Subject: ODF 1.0 use of word "should", etc.
Hi Dennis, In response to your comment of 10/19/2005 ( http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/200510/msg00031.html), where you asked about how to interpret the use of terms such as "should", "should not" when used in a context where they were not in bold text. As you noted, when used in bold, these terms are interpreted according to RFC 2119. What you might not know is that in ISO 26300:2006, and in OASIS ODF 1.0 (second edition) and in OASIS ODF 1.1, these terms are used according to ISO Directives, Part 2, Annex H which is subtly different than RFC 2119. ODF 1.2 will also use these terms according to the ISO meanings. As for the terms used when not in bold, there is no additional formal meaning provided by the ODF standard, beyond that in the Shorted Oxford English Dictionary. In ODF 1.2 we will be editing the text so that control vocabulary like "shall", "should", etc., will be used only in the normative sense. Regards, -Rob ___________________________ Rob Weir Software Architect Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software IBM Software Group email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 1-978-399-7122 blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/