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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Passive voice verb phrases

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Alex Brown <alexb@griffinbrown.co.uk> wrote:

> Right, so you'd prefer something like:
> "An ODF processor shall ignore whitespace in elements declared to have only element content" ?

Yes, but with the "shall" in bold face if the language in section 1.2
is retained that limits the applicability of ISO/IEC Directives Annex
H requirement keyword definitions only to those instances of terms
that are set in bold face.

> I wonder, did all the passive voicing derive from the fact that the narrative was originally a commentary spun around the schema?

I don't really know although that rings as though it may have been a
contributing factor. Another factor might be the immaturity of the
specification. I'm personally plagued by a habit of writing far too
many passive voice verb phrases in my first drafts when I'm writing in
"just get the thought down on paper" mode. Rewrite is a necessity for
me. :-)

Best regards,


Universal Interoperability Council

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