On 11 feb 2008, at 22:11, Adrian Farrel wrote:
I think what it points out is that, those of us who do not know
grammar, should not presume to suggest that fixes to grammar are
unimportant. Bar-room gramarians are, perhaps, as unhelpful in the
bar-room lawyers, and the reason why we stoop to employ
because we are not qualified
That's nonsense. You don't need a degree to use language.
If a grammar rule is so complex that the group of people who created
things like the "simple" network management protocol can't figure it
out, it would be a mistake to make use of semantics that depend on
that rule. It may be useful to employ people who had training in
spotting these issues, especially as not all RFC authors are native
English speakers, but there is a reason the name of the author is put
above an RFC, and not the name of the (copy) editor. I.e., it's always
the author's fault.
the American usage that we are required to
turn out our RFCs in.
Unless this is kept a secret so only those of us who are RFC authors
know of it, this is not a requirement.
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