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This is a page for documenting real world examples of web publishing about downloads as part of the effort to develop a downloads microformat for authors and publishers to markup software (application, plugin, perhaps even operating system) downloads that they create and publish.

Per the microformats process:

Contents

Examples

Download.com

Attributes

Application Name</dt>
Name of the application</dd>
Current Version</dt>
Version of the application.</dd>
Tagline</dt>
A short description of the application.</dd>
Download link</dt>
Link to application download.</dd>
File size</dt>
Approximate size of download in MB.</dd>
License</dt>
License for software. May include price.</dd>
Editor's Rating</dt>
Editor's rating out of five stars.</dd>
Average User Rating</dt>
Rating out of five stars.</dd>
Downloads</dt>
Total number of downloads.</dd>
Requirements</dt>
A list of compatible operating systems.</dd>
Limitations</dt>
Restrictions on use of the software.</dd>
Date added</dt>
The date when download.com started listing the application.</dd>
Product description</dt>
Long form description of application.</dd>
Screenshots</dt>
Links to screenshots of the application.</dd>

Versions (wfx_Versions)

Versions (formerly wfx_Versions) is a Firefox addon for tracking and downloading versions. It has several attributes similar to Download.com above (i.e. Application Name, Application Homepage, Download link and Last Known Version). Versions uses the other attributes (*) to scrape the scan page for the current version of the application. The screen scraping process could be eliminated by using the tagged attributes of a download microformat.

Attributes

Application Name
Name of the application
* Scan page link
Link to page to be scanned (scraped) for version
Application Homepage
Link to application homepage
Download link
Link to direct download
* Start Scan String
Unique string for starting scan of page
* Before Version String
String immediately before version
* After Version String
String immediately after version
Last Known Version
Last version recorded by Versions during a previous scan

Mozilla Addons

Attributes

Extension name</dt>
The name of the extension.</dd>
Extension version</dt>
A numerical version number.</dd>
Extension author</dt>
Who created the extension with a link to their Addons profile.</dd>
Works with</dt>
Compatibility listing of browser(s) the plugin should work with.</dd>
Preview/Logo</dt>
An icon or screenshot(s) for the plugin.</dd>
Install now</dt>
Link to XPI file for installation (Mozilla browsers only).</dd>
Developer comments</dt>
Description of the plugin or installation instructions.</dd>
Version History</dt>
List of plugin releases with version numbers and release dates (with a link to complete revision history).</dd>
Reviews</dt>
A list of user-submitted reviews.</dd>
Discussions</dt>
A list of user-created discussions.</dd>


iusethis

iusethis provides RSS appcasts with Sparkle extensions. For example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss xmlns:blogChannel="http://backend.userland.com/blogChannelModule"
     xmlns:iusethis="http://osx.iusethis.com/ns/rss"
     xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"
     xmlns:sparkle="http://www.andymatuschak.org/xml-namespaces/sparkle"
     version="2.0">
  <channel>
    <title>Appcast for iGTD</title>
    <link>http://osx.iusethis.com/app/igtd</link>
    <description>version history with a sparkle via iusethis.com</description>
    <language>en-us</language>
    <iusethis:universal>1</iusethis:universal>
    <iusethis:homepage>http://bargiel.home.pl/iGTD/</iusethis:homepage>
    <iusethis:developer>bartek:bargiel</iusethis:developer>
    <iusethis:usecount>517</iusethis:usecount>
    <iusethis:tags>GTD productivity get things done</iusethis:tags>
    <sparkle:appLicense>Freeware</sparkle:appLicense>
    <item>
      <title>iGTD 1.4.5.5</title>
      <link>http://osx.iusethis.com/app/versions/7961#ver_35136</link>
      <description><![CDATA[<p>... appcast description goes here ...</p>]]></description>
      <guid isPermaLink="false">35136</guid>
      <pubDate>Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:31:55 -0000</pubDate>
      <enclosure url="http://bargiel.home.pl/downloads/iGTD.dmg" type="application/octet-stream"/>
      <sparkle:shortVersionString>1.4.5.5</sparkle:shortVersionString>
    </item>
    <!-- ... more appcast items go here .. -->
  </channel>
</rss>

Some notes about the RSS appcast:

Attributes

Application Name</dt>
Name of the application</dd>
Homepage URL</dt>
Link to homepage</dd>
Download URL</dt>
Link to file download</dd>
Appcast (Optional)</dt>
Link to Sparkle-RSS feed.</dd>
Developer (optional)</dt>
Name of the developer.</dd>
License</dt>
Dropdown list of these options: Freeware, Shareware, GPL, LGPL, BSD License, Charityware, Other Open Source, Commercial with demo</dd>
Keywords</dt>
Comma-separated list of keywords.</dd>
Description</dt>
Description of the application.</dd>
Universal binary</dt>
True/False for Intel/PPC compatibility.</dd>
Icon</dt>
32x32 pixel application icon.</dd>
Screenshot</dt>
Image of the application.</dd>


VersionTracker

Attributes

Application Name</dt>
Name of the application</dd>
Application Icon</dt>
Name of the application</dd>
Tagline</dt>
A short description of the application.</dd>
Current Version</dt>
Version of the application.</dd>
Developer Link</dt>
Link to developer homepage.</dd>
Developer Name</dt>
Name of application developer.</dd>
Rating</dt>
Rating out of five stars (per version).</dd>
Release date</dt>
Date of software release.</dd>
License</dt>
License for software.</dd>
Price</dt>
Price of software.</dd>
Downloads</dt>
Downloads listed separately for current version and overall.</dd>
Download link</dt>
Link to application download.</dd>
File size</dt>
Approximate size of download in MB.</dd>
Product description</dt>
Long form description of application.</dd>
What's new in this version</dt>
Unordered list of changes in the current version.</dd>
Operating system requirements</dt>
An unordered list of compatible operating systems.</dd>
Screenshots</dt>
Links to screenshots of the application.</dd>


MySQL Downloads


MacUpdate

Attributes

Application Title</dt>
Name of the application.</dd>
Application Icon</dt>
Icon for the application (64x64px).</dd>
Version</dt>
Version of the application.</dd>
Version history</dt>
Description of previous versions of the application.</dd>
Download link</dt>
Link to application download.</dd>
Short description</dt>
Short description of application (one-line).</dd>
Description</dt>
Long form description of application.</dd>
Requirements</dt>
An unordered list of compatible operating systems.</dd>
Keywords</dt>
List of keywords for the application.</dd>
Category</dt>
Single-selection from a rather extensive list of categories.</dd>
License</dt>
License for software; values: free, demo, shareware, commercial, updater.</dd>
Price</dt>
Price of software (USD).</dd>
OS</dt>
Classic OS and/or OS X.</dd>
Architecture (aka Platform)</dt>
PPC and/or Intel</dd>
Developer Name</dt>
Name of application developer.</dd>
Developer Link</dt>
Link to developer homepage.</dd>
Product URL</dt>
Link to external application homepage.</dd>
Developer Email</dt>
Email address of application developer.</dd>
Developer Phone</dt>
Phone number of application developer.</dd>
Screenshot</dt>
Links to a screenshot of the application.</dd>
Downloads</dt>
Downloads listed separately for current version and overall.</dd>
File size</dt>
Approximate size of download.</dd>
Release date</dt>
Date of software release.</dd>
Rating</dt>
Rating out of five stars (per version).</dd>


WordPress Plugins

WordPress generates plugin pages from a readme.txt file included with the plugin. It has its own validator and format standards.

Attributes

Plugin name</dt>
The name of the plugin.</dd>
Authors</dt>
Author field from the plugin file and Contributors field from the readme file.</dd>
Version</dt>
Version field from the plugin file.</dd>
Tags (as in categories)</dt>
Tags field from the readme file.</dd>
Last updated time</dt>
Time of last check in to the appropriate directory (trunk/ or the stable tag directory) after a version number change.</dd>
Creation time</dt>
Time of first check in.</dd>
Rating</dt>
A rating up to five stars.</dd>
Download link</dt>
The URL to download the plugin zip file.</dd>
Description</dt>
The description of the plugin.</dd>

From readme.txt

Contributors</dt>
WordPress.org usernames of contributors.</dd>
Donate link</dt>
Link for receiving donations.</dd>
Tags</dt>
Comma-separated list of keywords.</dd>
Requires at least</dt>
WordPress version requirements.</dd>
Tested up to</dt>
The latest version of WordPress the plugin was tested against.</dd>
Stable tag</dt>
The stable branch of the plugin to use.</dd>
Description</dt>
This is the long description. No limit, and you can use Markdown.</dd>
Installation</dt>
This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working. Typically an ordered list.</dd>
Frequently Asked Questions</dt>
Questions and answers about the plugin.</dd>
Screenshots</dt>
An ordered list of screenshot descriptions; screenshot image files should be located in the same directory as readme.txt and named screenshot-#.(png|jpg|jpeg|gif).</dd>

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Downloads examples was last modified: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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