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    Hello dear teachers,

    I need help to understand the difference or the border between the two words (protocol and convention)

    Any kind of explanation or clarification is highly appreciated.

    Many thanks for your help!
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    Default Re: difference between protocol and convention

    Have you looked in your dictionary?
    If so, what precisely do you not understand?

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    Protocol is followed by diplomats and other such government functionaries which maintain foreign relations/external affairs.

    Convention is the custom, which may be followed or may not be followed.

    Usually Protocol is strictly adhered to and any departure from it means that there are strained relations between two countries.

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    I looked up a couple on line dictionaries, compare these and it may elucidate my confusion:

    convention
    noun
    1.a.an agreement between persons, nations, etc. a copyright convention; the Geneva Convention
    b.general agreement on the usages and practices of social life bohemian revolt against convention
    1.a.a customary practice, rule, method, etc.; usage the soliloquy was an Elizabethan dramatic convention


    protocol
    noun
    a.a diplomatic agreement, esp. one that amends, clarifies, or adds to a treaty

    -the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.

    To me it sounds like they both have a meaning like agreement and a meaning like rules and customs in dealings. That is my problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    I looked up a couple on line dictionaries, compare these and it may elucidate my confusion:

    convention
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    1.a.an agreement between persons, nations, etc. a copyright convention; the Geneva Convention
    b.general agreement on the usages and practices of social life bohemian revolt against convention
    1.a.a customary practice, rule, method, etc.; usage the soliloquy was an Elizabethan dramatic convention


    protocol
    noun
    a.a diplomatic agreement, esp. one that amends, clarifies, or adds to a treaty

    -the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.

    To me it sounds like they both have a meaning like agreement and a meaning like rules and customs in dealings. That is my problem.
    Convention means a custom. The Geneva convention is not mandatory but is strictly adhered to. The usage of convention is very common in English language and it means tradition, custom or any prinicple which is traditional.

    You have given the proper meaning of Protocol too, that they are set of customs and traditions.

    Both of them are not agreements, but they are adhered to or followed to the last letter, in practise.

    While convention is general understanding about practise; the protocol is used strictly in diplomatic and administrative purposes.

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    Default Re: difference between protocol and convention

    Protocol is also used in medical and other scientific disciplines, explaining the way something should be done.

    It's how people have agreed it should be done so there is uniformity.

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    The somewhat narrow use of protocol is gradually spreading into the wider business scene. Many companies now set their own protocols. It seems that with the increasing global media spread of news relating to any government and inter-government action the word sounds more important to some people and they have 'adopted' it for general use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Convention means a custom. The Geneva convention is not mandatory but is strictly adhered to. The usage of convention is very common in English language and it means tradition, custom or any prinicple which is traditional.

    You have given the proper meaning of Protocol too, that they are set of customs and traditions.

    Both of them are not agreements, but they are adhered to or followed to the last letter, in practise.

    While convention is general understanding about practise; the protocol is used strictly in diplomatic and administrative purposes.
    Thanks a lot.
    one last thing, conventions could be mandatory or not right? like the copy right convention, it's a must-be-followed rule.Am I right on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    one last thing, conventions could be mandatory or not right? like the copy right convention, it's a must-be-followed rule.Am I right on this?
    The simplest meaning of convention is assembly. Now an assembly can be for many things and generally they are not mandatory, but the purpose of the assembly may well produce a rule or order that could be mandatory. Then you have to ask for whom is it mandatory. Most likely any member at the assembly and any member who was not present but not on anyone else. Copyright is not a convention, it is a law.

    You are obviously not quite clear on these two words. Have another look at definitions and follow my lead to assembly.

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    Protocol may be summarised as a set of actions to be taken in special circumstances.

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