[IOT] Rule 4

NIgel Roberts nigel at roberts.co.uk
Wed Jun 8 08:16:33 UTC 2022

"May" does not strictly mean "optional". It means "permitted".

It grants authority to do something, but does not mandate it. So it 
implies optionality.

The word to authorise and mandate/require is "shall".

This is standard construction.

On 6/8/22 06:38, Kavouss Arasteh via IOT wrote:
> Dear All, I have noted that at various occasions in that Rule the word " 
> MAY" has been used.
> Taking into account that such term has almost optional meaning , I 
> suggest that it be replaced by a term meaning mandatory.
> Moreover, the text provided by Malcolm talking of cap time limnit of 4 
> years seems too long .
> I suggest that it be replaced by 3 years
> Tks
> Kavouss
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