RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Subject: RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:52:57 -0400

You did misinterpret, but it's my fault. The trouble probably started
when I tried to get cute with the Yiddish. We're actually talking about
an optional field in a dialog box.

For example, let's say you have a Teddy Bear Ordering dialog box. The
Number of Bears field is mandatory. The Color of Bears field is
optional. Thus:

* The RCP shall require the user to specify the number of teddy bears.
* The RCP shall allow but not require the user to specify the color of
the teddy bear.

Why the longer versions? Why not just, "the Number of Bears field is
mandatory, the Color of Bears field is optional"? Because some of my
target audience prefers requirements that begin with, "The RCP shall..."
or "The RCP shall not..."

The only exception is when the requirement is conditional: "If the user
is rich and gullible, the RCP shall allow but not require the user to
specify the number of teddy bears."

I'm sure there are situations where "allow but not require" would not be
a satisfactory solution. For our situation, it's perfect.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Chung
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:39 PM
Subject: Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"

In both cases, enable refers to something that would otherwise be
disabled. It's not about features or settings that exist, which is what
Dan's RCP stuff does.

Unless I misinterpreted that "pekele schlepping" is a usually disabled
feature that is enabled on a certain screen.

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