retext plugin to warn about possible insensitive, inconsiderate language

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retext plugin to check for possible insensitive, inconsiderate language.


unified().use(retextEquality[, options])

What is this?

This package is a unified (retext) plugin to check for certain words that could be considered insensitive, or otherwise inconsiderate, in certain contexts.

When should I use this?

You can opt-into this plugin when you’re dealing with your own text and want to check for potential mistakes.


This package is ESM onlyesm. In Node.js (version 16+), install with npm:
npm install retext-equality

In Deno with esm.shesmsh:
import retextEquality from ''

In browsers with esm.shesmsh:
<script type="module">
  import retextEquality from ''


Say our document example.txt contains:
Now that the child elements are floated, obviously the parent element will collapse.

…and our module example.js contains:
import retextEnglish from 'retext-english'
import retextEquality from 'retext-equality'
import retextStringify from 'retext-stringify'
import {read} from 'to-vfile'
import {unified} from 'unified'
import {reporter} from 'vfile-reporter'

const file = await unified()
  .process(await read('example.txt'))


…then running node example.js yields:
1:42-1:51 warning Unexpected potentially insensitive use of `obviously`, try not to use it obvious retext-equality

⚠ 1 warning


This package exports no identifiers. The default export is retextEqualityapi-retext-equality.

unified().use(retextEquality[, options])

Check potentially insensitive language.
— configuration
Transform (Transformerunified-transformer).


Configuration (TypeScript type).
  • ignore (Array<string>, optional)
— phrases not to warn about
  • binary (boolean, default: false)
— whether to allow “he or she”, “garbagemen and garbagewomen”, and similar


See rules.mdfile-rules for a list of rules and how rules work.
Each message is emitted as a VFileMessagevfile-message with source set to 'retext-equality', ruleId to an id from rules.mdfile-rules, actual to the not ok phrase, and expected to suggested phrases. Some messages also contain a note with extra info.


This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional type Optionsapi-options.


Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with maintained versions of Node.js.
When we cut a new major release, we drop support for unmaintained versions of Node. This means we try to keep the current release line, retext-equality@^7, compatible with Node.js 16.


— Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing — Check passive voice — Check for profane and vulgar wording — Check phrases for simpler alternatives


See contributing.mdcontributing in retextjs/.githubhealth for ways to get started. See support.mdsupport for ways to get help.
This project has a code of conductcoc. By interacting with this repository, organization, or community you agree to abide by its terms.
To create new patterns, add them in the YAML files in the data/file-data directory, and run npm install and then npm test to build everything. Please see the current patterns for inspiration. New English rules will automatically be added to
When you are happy with the new rule, add a test for it in test.jsfile-test, and open a pull request.


MITlicense © Titus Wormerauthor