Using inclusive language
When writing code or documentation, we need to be inclusive and aware of the terminology used within our services. Historically, terms such as
master/slave have been wide-spread within the technology industry, and are offensive.
The table below provides guidance for replacing offensive and outdated phrases with more inclusive alternatives.
|Non-inclusive term||Inclusive term|
|blackhat hacker||unethical hacker|
|blue team||cyber defence team|
|disable||deactivate or turn off|
|dummy value||placeholder value|
|enable||activate or turn on|
|girls (group)||team or people|
|guys (group)||team or people|
|housekeeping||cleanup or maintenance|
|man hours||person hours/people hours|
|man power||person power/people power|
|mob programming||team/group programming|
|native feature||built-in feature|
|pronouns when you don’t know someone’s||they, them, theirs or ask them|
|red team||cyber offence team|
|scrum master||scrum coach|
|webmaster||web product owner|
|white team||cyber exercise team|
|whitehat hacker||ethical hacker|
|whitespace||blank or empty space|
|yellow team||DevSecOps team|
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