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Thursday, October 27 • 11:55am - 12:30pm
Inclusive, Accessible Tech: Bias-Free Language In Code And Configurations - Anne Gentle, Cisco

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Heard of suss? You can suss out more information or you can find someone's information to be suss. "Suss" shows the flexibility of language. It’s an ongoing process to change how we use certain words. It's important to choose words carefully to convey the correct meaning and avoid harmful subtext or exclusion. Let's explore some of the tools and triage methods that it takes from an engineering viewpoint to make bias-free choices. How can you ensure that biased words do not sneak into code, UI, docs, configurations, or our everyday language? First, let's walk through how to take an inventory of assets from code to config files to API specifications to standards. Next, by placing those findings into categories, prioritize the work to substitute with inclusive alternatives. Let's examine some examples using both API and code assets. Next is a demonstration of how to automate analyzing your source code or documentation with a linter, looking for patterns based on rules that are fed into the tool. What's in the future for these efforts? Inclusive language should expand beyond English and North American-centered efforts. To do so, let's organize the work with automation tooling, as engineers do.

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Anne Gentle

Developer Experience Manager, Cisco
Anne Gentle is an industry-recognized author whose books promote collaboration among developers and writers. She works as a developer experience manager at Cisco for the developer relations program. With her team of experts, she supports developer tools for API design, developer documentation... Read More →

Thursday October 27, 2022 11:55am - 12:30pm EDT
Ambassador Ballroom (Room 360)