RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"

Subject: RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 15:12:36 -0400

In my line of work (medical devices), the meaning of "unvalidated" is
crystal clear. If that's true only for one industry, then let's call it
jargon and I'll stop hockin' the dictionaries' chainik.

On the other hand, if its meaning is clear over a broad range of
technical fields (your NIST example below) then it's an omission.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 2:58 PM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"
>
> In our capacity as a rowdy and fractious gang of technical
> ... er... communicators, what do we recognize as the limits
> on our English use of prefixes and suffixes, given a base
> word that we wish to modify?
>
> Do some members of this list regard the list of examples
> attached to the dictionary entry for "un(-)" to be a complete
> and exclusive list? Which dictionary is authoritative,
> then, and why?
>
> FWIW, I have a far more liberal interpretation than that
> (regarding the list as examples not as a complete and
> non-extensible prescription), but I'm prepared to be shown to
> be wrong.
>
> If y'all were talking about, say Hardware Security Modules,
> and you wanted to talk about the ones that had been validated
> by NIST as being compliant with the FIPS 140-2 standard, and
> the HSMs that had NOT been so validated, how would you refer
> to the have-not-been-validated bunch? "Unvalidated"?
> "Non-validated"? Other? Why?
>
> It's DEFINITELY not "INvalidated", which has its own specific
> meaning, as Dan rightly observes.
>

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A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Dan Goldstein
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