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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] Commented: (OFFICE-2922) 5.4 text:section -5.4.1 General - consumers "understand"?

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Patrick Durusau commented on OFFICE-2922:


The distinction is a subtle one but "may" is permission, doesn't require some action but it is permitted and "can" is a question of capability. The term "can" I suspect is more often found in standards for physical quantities, a standard container X "can" hold Y liters of fluid, that sort of thing. 

> 5.4 text:section - 5.4.1 General - consumers "understand"?
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-2922
>                 URL: http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-2922
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Text
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.2 CD 05
>            Reporter: Patrick Durusau
>            Assignee: Patrick Durusau
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: ODF 1.2 CD 06
> Now reads:
> "A section that links to external content contains a full representation of the data, so that consumers need to understand the linking information only if they wish to update the contents of the section."
> Two questions:
> 1) Should the first clause say "A section that links to external content shall/should/may/can contain a full representation of the external content that appears in the section." 
> ???
> 2) Should the second clause read (as a separate sentence): "Consumers may/can process links to external content to update the external content that appears in a section." 
> ???
> Noting that neither consumers nor producers "understand" anything. They apply rules we define. Understanding is not required.  

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