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Re: RFC2119 and use of "may"

From: Daniel Veillard <daniel@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 02:03:42 +0200
To: J S <kookaburran@hotmail.com>
Cc: www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010707020341.D23879@daniel.veillard.com>
On Fri, Jul 06, 2001 at 12:14:57PM -0400, J S wrote:
> In XLink 1.0, the following statement in 5.1.5 uses "may" in the RFC2119 
> sense, but this usage seems odd:
> 
> "To ease XLink processing, document creators may wish to define linkbase 
> arcs near the beginning of a document".
> 
> If this use of "may" is consistent with the definition provided by RFC2119, 
> the statement says "It is truly optional to wish to define linkbase 
> arcs...".
> 
> Perhaps a more sensible reading, from the perspective of RFC2119, is as 
> follows:
> 
> "To ease XLink processing, document creators may define linkbase arcs near 
> the beginning of a document".

  Hum, right. We were extra-cautious about the fact this is not a 
requirement and the wording could be improved. However I think it
still conveys the right message, so it is limited to an editorial
problem.

  thanks for the report,

Daniel

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