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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] Commented: (OFFICE-3451) Inappropriate use of"should"

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Dennis Hamilton commented on OFFICE-3451:

I am not confident about this, but it is something I think needs to be resolved along with this.  Here is my vague understanding:

1. One way to look at style definitions of <style:style> hierarchies is that the style used in the family in the hierarchy must match the family specified for the style-reference in an element.

2. When a property is sought for the formatting of an element, the hierarchy is searched for style attributes that apply to the particular property.

3. If an attribute defined in the style hierarchy (or in some sort of default or implementation-defined) is not sought for the formatting of an element, it is irrelevant.

4. There is no penalty for a style element having elements (of the appropriate family) that don't apply for a particular element that refer into the hierarchy.  Such attributes are simply ignored when they are not applicable.

This is the best I can make of the definition of three types of styles and the explanation in section 16.2.

In this case, it would appear that what we need to know about style attributes of various kinds is the elements for which those attributes are applicable when found in a hierarchic search for applicable attributes for the formatting of a given element.  

I have seen this sort of thing handled in specifications by tables that indicate which style attributes are applicable to what elements having styling of the identified family kind.

It would seem that a way of being clear about the applicability of a style attribute to elements where the style family applies is needed.

> Inappropriate use of "should"
> -----------------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-3451
>                 URL: http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-3451
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Styles
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.2 CD 05
>            Reporter: Andreas Guelzow 
>             Fix For: ODF 1.2 CD 06
> In may places in the draft we have statements as:
> " This attribute should be used within ... styles that are applied to a ... element. "
> It may be more correct to say:
> " This attribute may be used within ... styles that are applied to a ... element. "
> or possibly
> " This attribute may only be used within ... styles that are applied to a ... element. "

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