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Re: [PATCH] Update English pronoun usage to comply with GNU Kind Communi

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Update English pronoun usage to comply with GNU Kind Communication Guidelines
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 15:41:41 +0200
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Mikko Rantalainen wrote:
> The patch you suggested requires reader to accept "singular they" which
> is not commonly used anywhere and is considered an error by many,
> especially in formal writing.

Good point. Yes, these are different - albeit related - issues:

  * In a specific document or documentation, do we want gender-neutral
  * IF we want gender-neutral speak, what is the English grammar element
    that works best?

Here, it's futile to discuss the second question, since the answer to
the first question is already "no".

I mean, French users are being slightly put off by documentation that is
not in French. It would be more inclusive if we had French documentation
for the French users and for the Canadian users in Quebec. But wait...: Do
they read the documentation, despite it's in English? For the most part, yes.
So, we don't have to translate the English documentation into French.


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