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Gene Wirchenko
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      03-12-2013
On Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:21:00 +0000, lipska the kat <"nospam at
neversurrender dot co dot uk"> wrote:

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>Must and should are *not* technical terms, really, they are common
>words. Granted the OP used them in a way that was technically incorrect


They are both.

>but that doesn't make them technical terms does it?


Actually, it does make them technical terms. Many words have
specialised technical meanings. In an RFC, "must" and "should" are
technical terms. Using anything other than the technical meaning is
wrong.

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      03-12-2013
On 3/12/2013 9:54 AM, Patricia Shanahan wrote:
> Whether something is a technical term or not depends on context.



Yes, context is something that seems to be lost or ignored here quite often.


 
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      03-12-2013
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:04:33 AM UTC-7, markspace wrote:
> On 3/12/2013 9:54 AM, Patricia Shanahan wrote:
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>> Whether something is a technical term or not depends on context.

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> Yes, context is something that seems to be lost or ignored here quite often.


This subthread started because of an assertion that class names in Java must start
with a capital letter. This statement was not correct, by the normal understanding
of the English word "must". Furthermore, it was a technical assertion about the rules
of the Java language. As such it needed to be correct or corrected.

It is not relevant really what the word "must" means as a technical term, but it's helpful
that the meaning is identical whether taken as "ordinary" English or precise terminology.

It is not a requirement of the Java language that class names begin with a capital letter.

However, as a matter of best practice, they should.

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