Re: Need some opinions on phrasing

Subject: Re: Need some opinions on phrasing
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:23:57 +1100

Stuart Burnfield wrote:
> Janice Gelb wrote:
>> Just wanted to mention that our Legal department absolutely
>> forbids us to say "or higher" regarding later versions of our
>> products because they claim that this is implicitly making
>> commitments regarding future products. They insist that we either
>> name all the relevant releases or say "at least version N.n."
> I don't really see the difference. Let's say HeliOS 7 is the latest version. If you think " version 7 or higher" implies that there'll be a HeliOS 8, surely "at least version 7" implies the same thing.
> If HeliOS 8 is the latest version then "at least version 7" and " version 7 or higher" are both fine. Neither implies that there'll be a HeliOS 9, 10, 11, ...

The problem isn't that you're promising that
there will be a future version. The problem is
when you appear to be promising that something
will work or will be available in all future
versions. So, we're not supposed to say things
like "This feature is available in GoodCode
version 7 and higher" or "To run this application,
you need GoodCode version 7 or later." Saying
"at least version 7" only gives the starting point
of the availability or feature.

-- Janice

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