Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Subject: Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 08:41:40 -0400

On Apr 9, 2012, at 8:26 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

> I'm working with Development on a very large set of design requirements.
> There are many requirements that describe the software ("RCP") either
> allowing or requiring an action by the user. There was some question as
> to whether "allow" would be understood as an optional action, as in:
> "The RCP shall allow the user to schlep the pekele," i.e., the user may
> choose to schlep the pekele but doesn't have to.

I'd flip it around, and say "The user can (or has the option to) use RCP to..." or "The user must use RCP to..." This is clear, and has the added bonus of showing who the actor is, and not anthropomorphizing software. (Software *hates* it when you do that.)

Just a thought.

Mike

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