Re: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology

Subject: Re: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology
From: "kelly keck" <kelly -dot- keck -at- imagine-one -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:12:17 -0500

Andrew wrote:

Excerpted from what I wrote the last time this subject came up on the

Leader Follower
Primary Secondary
Host Guest
Server Client
First Second
Central Peripheral
Major Minor
Principal Additional
Main Subsidiary
Superior Subordinate
Husband Wife

Andrew, thanks for the summary, including a pretty inclusive list of
options. If it's necessary to avoid "master/slave" because it bothers
someone, "superior/subordinate" shows the same relationship. That would
be my pick.

Personally, I don't get too queasy about "master/slave" because it's
just an analogy and a personification--the computer doesn't have
feelings that can be hurt or rights that can be violated. However, what
really matters is whether it offends the *audience.* If it does, it
needs to go.

I would, however, point out that you seem to have the last two items
reversed. (Or did someone catch that the last time this was discussed?)

Happy Friday,


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