Re: Matching Guidelines and English grammatical differences
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We have a list of "equivalent words" which was created early on to accommodate different spellings for the same words, e.g., license v. licence - see https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/blob/main/equivalentwords.txt
But this kind of thing is not covered by that and I think when we've had cases like this in the past, we simply added markup to denote that either "appear" or "appears" would be allowed for a match. This has also come up with typos, which we've occasionally had to accommodate in this way as well.
On 8/24/22 9:56 AM, Richard Fontana wrote:
In Fedora a license has been submitted for review that seems to match HPND-sell-variant except that the word "appears" in HPND-sell-variant is "appear" in this license. https://gitlab.com/fedora/legal/fedora-license-data/-/issues/63 My prescriptivist English grammar is rusty but I think this can be interpreted as a difference in English verb number as well as possibly a difference in manifestation of a subjunctive that I would expect to see vary between British English and American English. Looking at the SPDX Matching Guidelines, am I right in concluding that the guidelines don't address formally-minor English grammar differences of this sort? Richard