Why do smart cards have a 'sex' option?

Peter Lebbing peter at digitalbrains.com
Wed Sep 1 11:17:25 CEST 2010

> I just got my new crypto-stick, and it's pretty slick.  I understand why
> I'd want to set my name and language preferences, but I was trying to
> come up with a good scenario where my sex would be useful, or what the
> rational was for including that field.

My guess is it is to address the user correctly in dialogs, in some languages.
The sex of the person addressed might determine the grammatical gender of words
used in dialogs. I've forgotten which languages have this feature, but I'm
pretty sure there are such languages.


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