Re: Matching Guidelines and English grammatical differences

J Lovejoy

Hi Richard,

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

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.

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?


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