Re: SHOULD vs MUST case sensitivity

"Randy Presuhn" <randy_presuhn@mindspring.com> Mon, 30 June 2008 00:45 UTC

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Subject: Re: SHOULD vs MUST case sensitivity
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 17:47:13 -0700
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Hi -

> From: "Dave Crocker" <dhc2@dcrocker.net>;
> To: "IETF Discussion" <ietf@ietf.org>;
> Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 5:31 PM
> Subject: Re: SHOULD vs MUST case sensitivity
...
> English is not case sensitive.

Not so.  Case has long been used for emphasis in environments
lacking other typographical means, such as bolding, underlining,
or italicization.

>  RFC 2119 does not specify case sensitivity.

Agreed.  I was long of the opinion that capitalizing the magic words
when used in their specialized RFC 2119 senses was overkill.  Though I
still think it should not be necessary, I've seen enough cases where
people failed to correctly disambiguate, and thus conclude that authors
and editors SHOULD employ the case distinction.

Randy

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