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This page lists books which provide description and documentation of microformats, or non-trivial discussions thereof. Most recent first, grouped by year.

  • to-do add thumbnails of the book covers to improve presentation of this page.



  • HTML5 for Web Designers - Chapter 5: Semantics - discussion of microformats and a powerful argument for a "limited vocabulary based on community consensus".
  • HTML5 Now - includes use of hAtom with the HTML5 <time> element





  • Introduction to Neogeography by Andrew Turner
    • O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596529956, December 2006
    • This is a PDF book, part of the O'Reilly Short Cuts series. Covers the ADR and GEO microformats.
  • Using Microformats by Brian Suda
    • O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596528218, 2006
    • This is a PDF book, part of the O'Reilly Short Cuts series. It is a solid introduction to all the established microformats, the history, philosophy and a look at where microformats are headed.
  • Web Design In A Nutshell, Third Edition by Jennifer Niederst Robbins. IMPORTANT: This applies to the THIRD EDITION only!
    • O'Reilly Media, ISBN 9780596009878, 2006
    • Provides an excellent modern standards based foundation for web design that is ideal for understanding microformats, and a whole introductory chapter on microformats as well.
    • See also Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition (on
  • HTML Mastery by Paul Haine
    • Friends of Ed, ISBN 9781590597651, 2006
    • Chapter 5, pp. 117-154: Purpose Built Semantics: Microformats and Other Stories.


  • Hacking RSS and Atom by Leslie M. Orchard
    • Wiley, ISBN 9780764597589, 2005
    • The last chapter has a nice section on both publishing and consuming hCalendar events in either a feed or as part of a page. Les has implemented various microformats (hCalendar entry form as a greasemonkey script, XOXO dynamic editing).
    • You can find source code for the hCalendar scripts from my book at my site. Look for the files starting with ch18. Buy the book if you like it! LesOrchard 20:11, 25 Mar 2006 (PST)


For errata in any of the following, if any, see[ISBN], where [ISBN] is the ISBN with no hyphens or spaces. (Perhaps this could be added to Special:Booksources?)