Re: Uppercase question for RFC2119 words

John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com> Mon, 28 March 2016 18:23 UTC

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Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:23:38 -0400
From: John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com>
To: Barry Leiba <barryleiba@computer.org>, "Scott O. Bradner" <sob@sobco.com>
Subject: Re: Uppercase question for RFC2119 words
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Yes.  +1.  About time and long overdue.

    john


--On Monday, March 28, 2016 10:09 -0400 Barry Leiba
<barryleiba@computer.org> wrote:

> Ah.  Then perhaps the clarification needs to go a little
> further and make this clear:
> - We're defining specific terms that specifications can use.
> - These terms are always capitalized when these definitions
> are used. - You don't have to use them.  If you do, they're
> capitalized and their meanings are as specified here.
> - There are similar-looking English words that are not
> capitalized, and they have their normal English meanings; this
> document has nothing to do with them.
> 
> ...and I'd like to add one more, because so many people think
> that text isn't normative unless it has 2119 key words in all
> caps in it:
> 
> - Normative text doesn't require the use of these key words.
> They're used for clarity and consistency when you want that,
> but lots of normative text doesn't need to use them, and
> doesn't use them.