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Detect non-inclusive language in your source code.

I stay woke - Erykah Badu

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Creating an inclusive work environment is imperative to a healthy, supportive, and productive culture, and an environment where everyone feels welcome and included.

woke is a text file analysis tool that finds places within your source code that contain non-inclusive language and suggests replacing them with more inclusive alternatives.

Companies like GitHub, Twitter, and Apple are actively supporting a move to inclusive language.


Why is this named woke?

When I started writing woke in August 2020, my goal was to build a tool that would shed light on non-inclusive language in source code and that would enable a long-term commitment to using inclusive language.

woke is a reference to an awareness of social and political issues, especially racial prejudice and discrimination, and has a historic use within the African-American community. This tool aims to push this kind of awareness even further into the software development community.

I named this project woke because I saw it as a tool to awaken our code to non-inclusive language.

You can read more about the origins and history of the word on Wikipedia.

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Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.

GitHub contributors


See also the list of contributors who have participated in this project.


This application is licensed under the MIT License, you may obtain a copy of it here.

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