Re: [VCARDDAV] two component GENDER

Tantek Çelik <> Thu, 16 December 2010 23:01 UTC

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On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 09:14, Florian Zeitz <> wrote:
> Some time ago stpeter wrote:
>> But, if someone registers "queer", the result would be what?
>> 1. GENDER:;queer
>> or
>> 2. GENDER:queer
>> My impression from the discussion in Beijing was #2, not #1 (if, again,
>> someone registered "queer" with IANA).
> +1
> Registering values for a free-text field (which #1 would be as I understand
> it) seems rather strange.

Peter, Florian, I stand corrected.

You're right, it doesn't make sense to have an IANA registry for a
free-text field (gender-identity component of gender).

That leaves the question of whether or not it makes sense to have the
sex component of gender be extensible / registerable.

Frankly I'm not sure that it does.
Or rather, I believe the enum set proposed (M,F,O,N,U) for the sex
component is sufficient for vCard4.

Since we already have a free-text field for arbitrary labeling with
gender-identity, I believe that maps well to our goals of sufficient
flexibility to allow expression of human diversity.

I'd prefer to *not* make the sex component extensible for now, until a
good case can be made based on real world examples that demonstrates
that such extensibility is necessary / useful above and beyond the use
cases for flexibility gender identity (which are already covered by
that respective free-text component).



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