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Re: Neutral language in W3C specifications

From: Léonie Watson <lwatson@tetralogical.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:25:38 +0100
To: Denis Ah-Kang <denis@w3.org>, Spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>, chairs@w3.org
Message-ID: <85eb0abd-1986-2d05-5369-4d0c188d3e23@tetralogical.com>
Thank you Denis.

I've asked the ID CG for guidance on the editorial guidance because it 
is not a topic I have deep knowledge of. I'll keep you posted.


On 22/07/2020 12:03, Denis Ah-Kang wrote:
> 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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