Note that the POSIX.2 usage of 'need not' as the inverse of 'may'
is now ubiquitous in new ISO and IEEE communications standards.
- Ira McDonald (outside consultant at Xerox)
High North Inc
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From: Tom Hastings <hastings at cp10.es.xerox.com>
Subject: JMP> Re: "NEED NOT" is a better negative than "MAY NOT" - from
POSIX [and capatalizing conformance words]
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Scott Bradner replied to my query, but I missed it, on NEED NOT and
capitalizing the conformance words.
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>From: Scott Bradner <sob at newdev.harvard.edu>
>To: hastings at cp10.es.xerox.com>Subject: Re: "NEED NOT" is a better negative than "MAY NOT" - from POSIX
> "need not" would be a good addition. If this rfc comes
>up for revision I will add that.
>>> Also, are you recommending that we capitalize the words?
>>there was quite a bit of argument on that. I think it helps the reader
>quite a bit but some other people felt that we did not even
>need the rfc since the words should mean what they mean. The compromise
>was to just say that the "may" be capitalized.