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Humans.txt – Do You Use It?

  • # November 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I’m a fan of [humans.txt](http://humanstxt.org/ “humanstxt.org”). I like all things standardization when it comes to the web because in the end, it makes the job easier. HTML5BoilerPlate, for example, gives the option to include a humans.txt file.

    Do you create a humans.txt?
    Do you follow the official syntax listed on their site or add some of your own?

    # November 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I absolutely use one. It’s nice to be able to take credit and give thanks without having to put it anywhere in your code, especially for client work. It’s also nice if you’re doing edits to someone else’s project, you can quickly see what they referenced and the standards that they followed.

    # November 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah I use them on customer projects just to say “hi, fellow devs! we made this!”. I know there’s more that’s supposed to go in there, so will have to try harder.

    # November 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Do you use the syntax suggested by humanstxt.org or do you use your own when you do it? For example, while HTML5BoilerPlate offers and promotes humans.txt, they use a different syntax.

    /* humanstxt.org Syntax */

    /* TEAM */
    Your title: Your name.
    Site: email, link to a contact form, etc.
    Twitter: your Twitter username.
    Location: City, Country.

    […]

    /* THANKS */
    Name: name or url

    […]

    /* SITE */
    Last update: YYYY/MM/DD
    Standards: HTML5, CSS3,..
    Components: Modernizr, jQuery, etc.
    Software: Software used for the development

    vs

    /* humanstxt.org Syntax */

    # humanstxt.org/
    # The humans responsible & technology colophon

    # TEAM

    # THANKS

    # TECHNOLOGY COLOPHON

    HTML5, CSS3
    jQuery, Modernizr

    I am currently using a combined version of the two syntax, which, contradicts my love of standardization.

    # November 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I usually just throw in a line about the team members, a little intro on Unleash and then Twitter links, super informal and doesn’t follow a particular format.

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