atom syndication spec contradicts itself?

Am I right, or am I misunderstanding? I cant’ be the first to have ntoiced this. ….It is advisable that each atom:entry element contain a non-empty atom:title element, a non-empty atom:content element when that element is present, and a non-empty atom:summary element when the entry contains no atom:content element. However, the absence of atom:summary is not an error, and Atom Processors MUST NOT fail to function correctly as a consequence of such an absence.

4.1.2atom:entry elements MUST contain an atom:summary element in either of the following cases:

So which is it, summary is required when there’s no text or html content, or summary is just recommended but never required?

I hope just recommended, because I’m not sure I have a good summary available.

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