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Re: [dxwg] Profile guidance definitions (#418)

From: Heidi Vanparys via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:17:34 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
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> def of specification
> "an act of" is not the def we want. we use it to discuss a thing, not an act.

It seems that the wrong definition from [Oxford English Dictionary](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/specification) was chosen. The one referred to in the guidance refers to the process of specifying, the one actually meant is the one that should refer the the outcome of specifying.

[Oxford English Dictionary](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/specification) also has a definition for the outcome, _a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something_.

However, it is probably too narrow for this profile guidance. Then the first definition from [Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English](https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/academic/specification) (which is the same as the definition at [Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary](https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/specification)) is probably more suited: _a detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made_.


So could a solution for "specification" be replacing the definition with _detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made_?

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