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Re: Neutral language in W3C specifications

From: Denis Ah-Kang <denis@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:03:01 +0400
To: lwatson@tetralogical.com, Spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>, chairs@w3.org
Message-ID: <5fd16abe-eb8a-a27f-8f34-91535fbdcfca@w3.org>
Hi Leonie,

Thank you for your feedback. Sure, we can also add these
pronouns to the list of terms to detect.
Do you have a preference or suggestion as to what our guidance
to the editors should be in those cases?

Denis


On 7/22/20 1:21 PM, Léonie Watson wrote:
> Denis, this is a really positive step, thank you to you and the team.
> 
> One suggestion - is it possible for PubRules to check for gender 
> specific pronouns (he/she, him/her etc.) too?
> 
> They are rare in specifications, but do sometimes feature as part of use 
> cases or examples.
> 
> Léonie.
> 
> On 22/07/2020 09:40, Denis Ah-Kang wrote:
>> Dear editors and chairs,
>>
>> In order to offer the best environment possible to its
>> community, W3C is supporting the push for a more inclusive and
>> neutral language, especially in our specifications.
>>
>> In the upcoming weeks, pubrules [1] will show a warning if
>> terms like "master", "slave", "grandfather", "sanity" or
>> "dummy" are detected in a specification and this will also
>> be reflected in the Manual of style [2] with a list of
>> alternatives.
>> Note, since it may take time for the editors to change the
>> branch name "master" to something else, we will not flag the
>> URLs containing that word in the first place.
>>
>> Going forward, we will audit all the specification repositories
>> and open issues if they contain problematic terms.
>>
>> Let me know if you have any comments/suggestions.
>>
>> Denis
>> W3C Systems team
>>
>> [1] https://www.w3.org/pubrules/
>> [2] https://w3c.github.io/manual-of-style/
>>
> 
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