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CSA ISO/IEC 5218:23
Information technology - Codes for the representation of human sexes (Adopted ISO/IEC 5218:2022, second edition, 2022-06)
Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the SCC Mirror Committee (SMC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC.
For brevity, this Standard will be referred to as CSA ISO/IEC 5218 throughout.
This Standard supersedes CAN/CSA-ISO/IEC 5218:05 (adopted ISO/IEC 5218:2004).
The International Standard was reviewed by the CSA TCIT under the jurisdiction of the CSA Strategic Steering Committee on Information and Communications Technology and deemed acceptable for use in Canada. This Standard has been formally approved, without modification, by the Technical Committee and has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This document specifies a uniform representation of human sexes for the interchange of information. It is intended to:
— reduce the time required to record and/or format the representation of sexes and transmit the corresponding data;
— improve clarity and accuracy of interchange;
— minimize the amount of human intervention required for communicating the representation of sexes; and
— reduce costs.
This document does not prescribe file sequences, storage media, programming languages, or other features of information processing to be used in its implementation.
This document meets the requirements of most applications that need to code human sexes. It does not provide codes for sexes that can be required in specific medical and scientific applications or in applications that need to code sex information other than for human beings. It also does not provide codes for human gender identities that can be required in other applications.
This document does not supplant national standards for coding sexes that are designed based upon codes derived from names of sexes in the various languages (for example M for male and F for female in the English language). It provides a numeric code that is independent of language-derived codes and as such is intended to provide a common basis for the international exchange of information containing human sex data elements.
CSA ISO/IEC 5218:05 (R2020)
Information technology - Codes for the representation of human sexes (Adopted ISO/IEC 5218:2004, first edition, 2004-07-01) | Technologies de l'information - Codes de représentation des sexes humains (norme ISO/IEC 5218:2004 adoptée, première édition, 2004-07-01)