Chromium style guide on gender neutral code

Chromium has migrated the codebase to become gender neutral. This is a step in the right direction, even if very small.

Some points in our code, documentation and comments contain needless assumptions about the gender of a future reader, user, etc. Example: “When the user logs into his profile.”

Our Code of Conduct under “Be respectful and constructive” says:

Each of us has the right to enjoy our experience and participate without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or subtle.

Emphasis is added: unnecessarily gendered code is discriminatory and condescending, and reading biased code isn’t enjoyable.

Rickard Schoultz
I work at Digital River World Payments at the Principal Architect, but all views are my own. I write about technologies related to payments, security, network infrastructure and information management.