Re: WG Review: Effective Terminology in IETF Documents (term)

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Subject: Re: WG Review: Effective Terminology in IETF Documents (term)
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On Saturday, 10 April 2021, 09:10:24 GMT+10, John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com> wrote:


[..]
Two simple examples:  if "we" decide that the
solution for "he" and "she" is "them", then, if the author wrote
"he or she" you would not want to end up with "them or them",
which is what that sort of mechanism substitution would give
you.  In addition, someone needs to decide whether, if "them" is
substituted for "he" as the subject of a sentence, it takes a
plural or singular verb.  I stopped caring about the choice
long ago but it should be made in a way that is consistent, and
consistently applied, across the RFC Series or at least within
individual documents.
[..]


This exact problem is why the 'RFC Editor Considerations' section of the 'modest proposal' draft:

https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-wood-term-modest-proposal/?include_text=1

calls out 'themself'.

L.

is speaking, of course, for themself.



Lloyd Wood

lloyd.wood@yahoo.co.uk