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Subject: RE: [office] Conformance Clause proposal, Version 8

I would accept "extended" as a conformance class, in contrast to the "host
application document" notion.  My lingering concern is that it might be
taken as superior to just plain conforming.  

I agree that conformable is subtle and I find myself slipping up between
conforming and conformable sometimes.  I have to watch myself.  I also don't
know how well it might differentiate in translation.

"Extended" doesn't provide the confusion with "conforming" and is preferable
on that count.  If we could shake off the superiority notion, even better.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: robert_weir@us.ibm.com [mailto:robert_weir@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 08:12
To: office@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: RE: [office] Conformance Clause proposal, Version 8

Sorry, Dennis.  "Conformable" as a term doesn't work well.  I don't think 
that we should, in an international standard, be using subtle grammatical 
variations to express important distinctions in terminology, especially 
when introducing a novel term.   There is too great a risk that it will 
not stand up to translation to other languages, especially when we already 
have "conforming", "conformance" and "conformant" as terms.

But I'm certainly open to alternatives.  Why not something like "Extended" 
conformance class?  That seems clear enough.


"Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamilton@acm.org> wrote on 02/06/2009 
07:15:45 PM:
> I'm still arguing for conformable (which is suggestive of the situation,
> where in a hosted thing, you're not expected to be able to ignore the 
> elements and it probably have to identify the hosting in some way) at 
> ceiling and (strictly) conforming at the stricter level.  If strict is 
> usable because it is a term of art in OASIS specification (although we 
> not following the document that uses that definition), I'll give up 
> that.  But I bet strict conformance sticks in popular use, even though
> informally.  I also think you'll here people talking about OpenDocument
> conformance (without the "document").

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