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Re: [SpecGL] 1044 - Case of RFC2119 terms

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 12:43:17 -0700
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To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>,'www-qa-wg@w3.org' <www-qa-wg@w3.org>

At 03:44 PM 3/10/2005 -0500, Karl Dubost wrote:
>Using RFC 2119 [RFC2119] Keywords (MUST, SHOULD, MAY, ...) makes it easy 
>to spot conformance requirements; according to the RFC itself, they should 
>be used only to establish interoperation [WIKI-RFC-KEYWORDS]. They may be 
>written with an uppercase formatting and/or a specific markup (See the 
>Manual of Style).

Given our past discussion and resolutions, "may" in the last sentence seems 
too weak.  I think we should recommend it.  It is *not* "easy to spot 
conformance requirements" if there is nothing special to highlight or call 
attention to the keywords.  And ... if there is not some special 
formatting, then those words cannot be used in regular non-normative prose.

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