Oasis, the XML interoperability consortium, has formed a committee to promote a specification for assigning human characteristics through XML, a web standard for exchanging data over the internet.
The latest spec, the Human Markup Language (HumanML), will embed contextual human characteristics, such as cultural, social and psychological features, within information.
Applications include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, conflict resolution, psychotherapy, art, workflow, agent systems, diplomacy and business negotiation.
Ranjeeth Kumar Thunga, chairman of the Oasis HumanMarkup group, said that HumanML will allow people to express themselves more deeply and will offer the possibility to reduce misinterpretation.
"Using HumanML we can substantially reduce inter-personal and inter-societal conflicts associated with the inadequate conveyance of human traits and expressions," he explained.
Karl Best, director of technical operations at Oasis, said that HumanML is an exciting example of the breadth of technical work being undertaken by Oasis members.
"Unlike standards bodies that dictate direction through a central authority, Oasis offers an open technical agenda that is set by our members themselves," he said.
Members include IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard and others.
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