[uf-discuss] Microformats in Google Maps

Kevin Marks kevinmarks at gmail.com
Tue Jul 31 12:37:34 PDT 2007


Microformats in Google Maps
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 4:28:00 PM
Posted by Gregor J. Rothfuss, Maps Team and Kevin Marks, Apps Team

If you have spent any time in certain corners of the web, you will
have heard of Microformats: Clever uses of HTML that add
machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving
human-readability. Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your
web pages, while not changing the visual appearance for visitors to
your site one whit.

Today we're happy to announce that we are adding support for the hCard
microformat to Google Maps results. Why should you care about some
invisible changes to our HTML? By marking up our results with the
hCard microformat, your browser can easily recognize the address and
contact information in the page, and help you transfer it to an
addressbook or phone more easily. Firefox users can install the
Operator or Tails extension; IE or Safari users can use one of these
bookmarklets. [...]

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