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Re: [Nmh-workers] 78 column limit

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] 78 column limit
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 20:12:09 -0500

>>Let's move to IETF termology and use -should and -must.  I'm sure others
>>will speak up, but MY understanding is the IETF default is "-should -must".
>Then perhaps -nomust is a synonym for -should and -noshould for -must?

Well, if you want precise definitions, here's the official text:



1. MUST This word, or the terms "REQUIRED" or "SHALL", mean that the
   definition is an absolute requirement of the specification.


3. SHOULD This word, or the adjective "RECOMMENDED", mean that there
   may exist valid reasons in particular circumstances to ignore a
   particular item, but the full implications must be understood and
   carefully weighed before choosing a different course.

So, <998 columns is a MUST.  <=78 columns is a SHOULD.


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