[uf-discuss] What does the 'h' in microformats mean?

Tantek Çelik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Thu Jul 9 07:16:04 PDT 2009

>> On 09.07.09 10:15, "Martin McEvoy" <martin at weborganics.co.uk> wrote:
>>> Hello all
>>> I wander if anyone can tell me what the 'h' in microformats means?
>>> I have always thought 'h' was for 'hypertext' but could it mean
>>> 'hypermedia' or even 'html'

It's in the microformats FAQ :)


As the inventor+namer of hCalendar and hCard[1] (the first use of the
lowercase 'h' prefix convention), I can tell you that the 'h' stands
for "the HTML version of", in those cases, "of iCalendar and vCard"

Sometime after the fact (at least a few years ago, before it came up
again in this thread), someone else posited (maybe Rohit?) that the
"h" looked like an upside down greek letter mu µ which is used in
scientific notation to mean "micro" - but that was purely a


[1] http://tantek.com/log/2004/09.html#d30t1725

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