[rfc-i] "may" (was Re: draft-iab-rfc-editor-model-v2-02 - policy authority)

Dave CROCKER dhc at dcrocker.net
Wed Jul 13 13:13:13 PDT 2011


>> In this context, to me at least, "may" is an inclusive term and the
>> groups listed are examples, rather like the phrase "topics include,
>> but are not limited to..." that you find in Call for Papers.
>
> Many people, me included, interpret "may" to mean "optional" or
> "discretionary" -- as indeed RFC-2119 also does.   So the effect
> (probably unintentional) of the original phrasing was more
> exclusive than inclusive.


Folks,

for a bit of distraction, a timely draft might be worth taking a quick moment to 
review:

    http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-hansen-nonkeywords-non2119-00

d/
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   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking
   bbiw.net


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