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Definition Edit

The terms should and should not

indicate that, among several possibilities, one is recommended as particularly suitable, without mentioning or excluding others; or that a certain course of action is preferred but not necessarily required; or that (in the negative form) a certain possibility or course of action is deprecated but not prohibited.[1]

The term should is

[e]quivalent to 'is recommended that' and used to indicate several possibilities recommended as particularly suitable, without mentioning or excluding other, that a certain course of action is preferred but not required, that (in the negative form) a certain course of action is deprecated but not prohibited.[2]

References Edit

  1. Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems, at 6.
  2. Catalog of Control Systems Security: Recommendations for Standards Developers (Apr. 2011 version), at 171.

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