Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group Charter

The mission of the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to propose a specification draft for an Emotion Markup Language, to document it in a way accessible to non-experts, and to illustrate its use in conjunction with a number of existing markups.

Join the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group.

End date 20 November 2008
Confidentiality Proceedings are public
Initial Chairs Marc Schröder
Initiating Members
Usual Meeting Schedule Teleconferences: Monthly
Face-to-face: Once Annually


In the general scope of exploring the feasibility of a standard in Emotion markup, the proposed Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group is a natural follow-up of the first Emotion Incubator Group, whose Final Report was published on 10 July 2007.

During the first year, the group cleared and delimited the conceptual ground along three main axes:

These promising concrete outcomes of the first year suggest that it is now possible to move to the next steps:

It will also be an explicit aim of the group to get feedback from other W3C groups, including the MultiModal Interaction and Voice Browser groups.


The group will produce the following deliverable documents:

The documents due in months 3 and 6 are intended to stimulate discussion with other groups.


W3C Groups

Multimodal Interaction Group
The Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group will invite and seek comments from this group.
Voice Browser Group
The Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group will invite and seek comments from this group.

External Groups

Invited experts
Due to the emerging nature of the field of emotion-oriented technology, several experts from institutions which are not W3C members will be invited to make sure that sufficiently broad expertise is available in the group.


In an effort to minimize costs, face to face meetings will be co-located with other meetings that a significant number of participants are attending. Regular meetings will be held monthly using the W3C's Zakim telephone/IRC facility. The mailing lists will provide an important part of the communication both internally and externally.

Group participants are expected to be present at the monthly phone meetings, and to deliver contributions they have agreed to make in a timely manner. It is understood that participation in face-to-face meetings depends on available funding.


This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing list public-xg-emotion@w3.org (archive) . The group's Member-only list is member-xg-emotion@w3.org (archive)

Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group home page.

Decision Policy

As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.

Patent Policy

This Incubator Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on the topic addressed by this charter. W3C reminds Incubator Group participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While the Incubator Group does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Incubator Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.

Incubator Groups have as a goal to produce work that can be implemented on a Royalty Free basis, as defined in the W3C Patent Policy.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.

About this Charter

This charter for the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group has been created according to the Incubator Group Procedures documentation. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.

See also the charter of the previous Emotion XG.

Marc Schröder <schroed@dfki.de>, Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group Chair

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