> Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 10:48:42 -0400
> From: "LeVan,Ralph" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Currently our only scan diagnostic is Reponse position out of
> > range.  Surely we should also have 'Too many terms requested',
> > details: maximum number of terms.
> Maybe two versions of that message?  The error you describe implies
> a fixed maximum number of terms.  What about the case where you run
> out of resources (possibly because you never thought you needed a
> fixed maximum :-) Does that deserve a separate diagnostic?

I'm sure someone must have suggested this before, but: how's this for
a test to see whether a new diagnostic should be added?

        Are there any circumstances under which a client application
        or a human user might respond differently to the proposed new
        diagnostic X than to an existing diagnostic Y?   If not, then
        use Y.

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