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Re: db.debian.org (and related infrastructure) updates

On Tue, Jan 02, 2007 at 06:32:10PM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 03, 2007 at 12:50:27AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > breaking that would break software that expects this particular field to
> > be in that particular syntax.
> That's not completely true; you could have an attribute type named 'gender'
> with a different OID and different syntax/semantics, you just wouldn't be
> able to use it on an LDAP server which also needed the use of the ISO
> attribute type or of any object classes that are defined to use the ISO
> attribute.

Yes; hence the quoted bit of my above paragraph.

> But if all of our Japanese, Chinese, Greek Orthodox, Muslim, and French
> Revolutionary developers can tolerate having to enter their birthdates using
> the Gregorian calendar, I think we'll be able to make do with an opt-in
> binary gender classification too.


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