Humans

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Humans.txt (also referred to as the "Humans Spec" or just "Humans") is an emerging, somewhat tongue-in-cheek standard meant as a coutnerpart to the infamous Robots.txt specification for Search Engines & Web Crawlers. Instead of offering up automated information on which directories that automated software or processes are allowed to access and/or index, it offers up a form of README type file for actual humans (fellow developers, engineers, testers, code reviewers, open source community members, etc) to look at and quickly understand who is a project's .

In this sense it shares many similarities to the DOAP standard, however rather than RDF/XML format, it is recorded in a more human readable Text file as a single-level hierarchy of name/value pairs separated by a colon, i.e.:

name : value


EXAMPLE

University of Portsmouth, UK

/* PROJECT LEADS */
--CONTENT--
Head of Corporate Communications: Claire Brookes
Contact: claire.brookes [at] port.ac.uk
--TECHNICAL--
Web and New Media Manager: James Mellor
Contact: james.mellor [at] port.ac.uk
Twitter: @jamesmellor
/* NEW WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS */
UX/Design/Development: ClearLeft, Brighton.
CMS integration: TERMINALFOUR, Dublin.
/* NEW WEBSITE RESEARCH PARTNER */
New City, Blacksburg, VA, USA.					
/* NEW WEBSITE PROJECT THANKS */
Alex Mellor
Amy Cox
Laura Eaton
Andrew Bailey
Simon Brookes
Faculty WCOs
All students and staff that assisted in the creation of content or profiles for the new website project
/* TECHNICAL TEAM */ //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Web and New Media Manager: James Mellor
Contact: james.mellor [at] port.ac.uk
Twitter: @jamesmellor
------------------------------------------
Front-end Web Developer: Alex Mellor
Contact: alex.mellor [at] port.ac.uk
------------------------------------------
Web Developer: John Kimberley
Contact: john.kimberley [at] port.ac.uk
/* CONTENT TEAM */ ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Head of Corporate Communications: Claire Brookes
Contact: claire.brookes [at] port.ac.uk
------------------------------------------
New Web Project Content Editor: Amy Cox
New Web Project Web Content Assistant: Laura Eaton
------------------------------------------
Corporate Communications Manager: Lisa Egan
Corporate Communications Co-ordinator: Kathryn Morris
Corporate Communications Officer: Jane Attwood
Corporate Communications Officer: Liz Bourne
Corporate Communications Officer: Vicky Glazier             
/* SITE */ ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////                           
Standards: HTML5, CSS3
Components: Modernizr, jQuery, Zepto, Fontdeck, Mapbox, Google search api
Software: Sublime Text2, Photoshop, Fireworks, SiteManager CMS by TerminalFour
  


Resources


See Also

Robots.txt | DOAP | README | License | Email | Website