Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Subject: Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:45:00 -0500

Another way to do it would be to say "optional (step/requirement:)" at
the beginning of the step/requirement, then use standard wording.
Otherwise there's a lot of room for misinterpretation.

And make sure the content is broken out into bullets or single line
paragraphs instead of solid blocks. I've seen situations where the
coders couldn't do even as well as I could to pull everything out of
the requirements (mostly because I had to pay attention so much just
to figure out what was going on :-)

Coders may rule, but they're still human ...

On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 7:26 AM, Dan Goldstein
<DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com> 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.
>
> One suggestion was: "The RCP shall optionally allow the user to schlep
> the pekele," or similarly, "The RCP shall allow the user to optionally
> schlep the pekele." But I don't like either of those very much.
>
> I'm looking for something just as concise but a little less awkward.
> "The RCP shall allow the user the option of schlepping the pekele"
> sounds a little better to me, but I hate to turn a robust infinitive
> into a namby-pamby gerund.
>
> Thoughts?
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