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Writing Effective Business Rules by Graham Witt

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Chapter 7

How to write quality natural language rule statements

This chapter discusses the writing of quality natural language rule statements, in terms of

• the major components of a rule statement—such as the subject, the predicate, conditional clauses, and qualifying clauses—and the various forms these can take in rule statements of different types;

• the use of templates as the basis for quality rule statements of each type;

• quality criteria for rule statements, including the use of the fact model as a source of terms, verb phrases, and prepositions in a rule statement.

7.1 Typography and punctuation conventions in rule statements

To comply with the SBVR, rule statements in this book use the following typographical conventions:

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