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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:
> > wouter@country:~$ ldapsearch -h 'db.debian.org' -b'cn=Subschema' -x -s base '(objectClass=*)' attributeTypes | grep gender
> > attributeTypes: ( NAME 'gender' DESC 'ISO 5218 rep
> >  resentation of human gender' EQUALITY integerMatch SYNTAX
> > In other words, if you want to see that changed, take it up with ISO.
> > No, changing it unilaterally in Debian won't help, either; In LDAP, a
> > field of a specific name always (*always*) has a certain syntax;
> > 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.
> 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.
Hi Steve,
I have yet to see a use case for this LDAP item. Is it strictly for a
male/femaie survey that other FLOSS projects will join? Does this mean
that people who dont self-identify as male or female are just not
counted? According to some stats that could be 100 people.  Is there any
ISO standard that is inclusive of those uncounted people?
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