National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Information technology Laboratory (ITL)

SCAP Content Conventions

The Least Version Principle

The least version principle is designed to address which specification version to use when maintaining SCAP content. Under this principle, content is expressed using the minimum specification version, in a series of minor releases, that is necessary to properly address the content's purpose or use-case. This allows for the broadest support within products, while reducing the content maintenance burden that would be required to maintain revisions of content for multiple specification versions.