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System plus interpretation [Nov. 2nd, 2006|07:52 am]
Lindsey Kuper
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RFC 2119 defines such elusive concepts as "MUST" and "SHALL" and helpfully points out that "OPTIONAL" means "that an item is truly optional".

Glad we cleared that up.

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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-02 06:39 pm (UTC)
When an RFC says "MUST", it means "MUST"
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-02 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, now I get it!
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-02 06:57 pm (UTC)
Also, when an RFC tells you it wants you at its door at 6 PM sharp, it doesn't mean 6:05 PM. Also, when RFCs say "Black Tie Only", they aren't kidding.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2006-11-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
Huh! So why'd you run across this?

I like how "MUST NOT" needs a separate definition from "MUST". Meaning isn't particularly compositional.

(When you read his username, do you see it as an acronym, or as a verb?)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-03 07:25 am (UTC)
Certainly not because I was reading this or anything.

At first glance, I saw it as a verb. It's kind of unfortunate either way, eh?
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2009-06-15 01:49 am (UTC)
Who was "he"? And why is it not clear what the heck I was talking about, three years later? ...

edited to add: Oh! sob@harvard.edu.

Edited at 2009-06-15 01:50 am (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-11-17 01:57 am (UTC)

RFC 2119

That SHOULD be one of my favorite RFCS.

Erik (http://members.cox.net/erik_stevens)

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