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h-entry is a simple, open format for episodic or datestamped content on the web. h-entry is often used with content intended to be syndicated, e.g. blog posts. h-entry is one of several open microformat standards suitable for embedding data in HTML/HTML5.

h-entry is the microformats2 update to hAtom's "hentry". For an update to "hfeed" see h-feed.

This is a Living Specification yet mature enough to encourage additional implementations and feedback. This specification has portions that are stable, draft, and proposed. Features are stable unless explicitly labeled draft or proposed, or in draft or proposed sections. Draft and proposed features are likely to change substantively. While substantive changes to stable features are unexpected, it is a living specification subject to substantive change by issues and errata filed in response to implementation experience, requiring consensus among participating implementers as part of an explicit change control process.
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Here is a simple blog post example:

<article class="h-entry">
  <h1 class="p-name">Microformats are amazing</h1>
  <p>Published by <a class="p-author h-card" href="http://example.com">W. Developer</a>
     on <time class="dt-published" datetime="2013-06-13 12:00:00">13<sup>th</sup> June 2013</time>
  <p class="p-summary">In which I extoll the virtues of using microformats.</p>
  <div class="e-content">
    <p>Blah blah blah</p>

Parsed JSON:

  "items": [
      "type": [
      "properties": {
        "name": [
          "Microformats are amazing"
        "author": [
            "value": "W. Developer",
            "type": [
            "properties": {
              "name": [
                "W. Developer"
              "url": [
        "published": [
          "2013-06-13 12:00:00"
        "summary": [
          "In which I extoll the virtues of using microformats."
        "content": [
            "value": "Blah blah blah",
            "html": "<p>Blah blah blah</p>"

Get started

The class h-entry is a root class name that indicates the presence of an h-entry.

p-name, p-author, dt-published and the other h-entry property classnames listed below define properties of the h-entry.

See microformats2-parsing to learn more about property classnames.


h-entry properties, inside an element with class h-entry. All properties are optional.

Core Properties

The following core h-entry properties have broad consensus and are broadly interoperably published and consumed:

Draft Properties

The following draft properties are in use in the wild (published and consumed), and are under strong consideration, but are not yet part of the core:

Proposed Additions

The following properties are proposed additions based on various use-cases, such as existing link preview markup conventions, but are awaiting citations of use across multiple sites in the wild, and at least one reader / real world consuming code example:

The following interpretation is also proposed addition:

Property Details

This section is a stub.


p-location has been re-used from h-event.


p-name of a note

  • What is the p-name of a note?
    • A few options, from simplest to most detailed.
      • same as the p-content/e-content property.
      • same as the title element on the note permalink post page. When publishing a note on its own permalink post page, the contents of the note are likely abbreviated for the title of the page. The same abbreviation can be used for the p-name.
      • first sentence of the p-content/e-content property. It may be better for syndication and link-preview purposes to provide just the first sentence of the note as the p-name. Similarly if only a portion of the content is syndicated to other sites, that portion can be marked up as the p-summary.

venue an entry was posted from

  • How do you indicate a named venue where an entry was posted from? Like a restaurant or park.
    • Use an embedded h-card microformat on a p-location property value.

address an entry was posted from

  • How do you indicate the address where an entry was posted from? Like a restaurant or park.
    • If the address is just part of a named venue, see above, use an h-card
    • Otherwise use an embedded h-adr microformat on a p-location property value.

lat long an entry was posted from

  • How do you indicate the latitude and longitude of where an entry was posted from?
    • If the location has a name in addition to latitude and longitude, see above, use an h-card
    • Otherwise if there is an address in addition to latitude and longitude, see above, use an h-adr
    • Otherwise use an embedded h-geo microformat on a p-location property value.

dt-published property and HTML5 time element

  • Does the dt-published property need to be a time element?
    • The dt-published property should be a <time> element so that you can take advantage of HTML5's "datetime" property.
    • This lets you specify a human-readable date in the value of the attribute, and the ISO8601 machine-readable date in the "datetime" property.

what is the bare minimum list of required properties on an h-entry

  • What is the bare minimum list of required properties on an h-entry?
    • No properties are explicitly required, but in practice a h-entry should have the following properties at a minimum for consumers:
  • What properties should an h-entry have in addition to the bare minimum?
    • Beyond the bare minimum, a typical h-entry should have the following as well:

Examples in the wild

Real world in the wild examples:



Main article: validators

Test and validate microformats2 markup in general with:

Backward Compatibility

Publisher Compatibility

For backward compatibility with legacy hAtom consuming implementations, use hAtom classnames (or rel values) in addition to the more future-proof h-entry properties, for example:

<div class="h-entry hentry">
  <h1 class="p-name entry-title">My great blog post</h1>

The list of equivalent hAtom classnames and rel values is provided below.

Parser Compatibility

Microformats parsers SHOULD detect classic properties only if a classic root class name is found and parse them as microformats2 properties.

If an "h-entry" is found, don't look for an "hentry" on the same element.

Compat root class name: hentry
Properties: (parsed as p- plain text unless otherwise specified):


Compat FAQ

What about rel bookmark

Also asked as: Why use an h-entry u-url u-uid for permalinks when I have rel=bookmark?

A: tl;dr: use class="u-url u-uid" instead of rel=bookmark for post permalinks because it's simpler (fewer attributes), and works better across contexts (permalink page, recent posts on home page, collection of posts on archive pages).

rel=bookmark was the old hAtom way of marking up permalinks. Since then two factors have contributed to reducing use of rel inside microformats:

* even though rel=bookmark in particular is article-element / sectioning scoped in HTML5[5], it's a detail that typical authors are not going to remember, and thus it's not good to depend on it for any kind of format.

Why rename entry-title entry-summary entry-content

The entry-* classnames in classic hAtom were prefixed as such due to concerns about vocabulary overlap with the title (as in job title, completely separate semantic) property in hCard and the summary property in hCalendar (see: hAtom FAQ).

Following the simplicity principle, in microformats2, the aforementioned vagueness of title is dealt with by removing it. As name is now used consistently across all vocabularies as the property which “names” the microformat, it makes sense to use it to mark up the name of a post.

Likewise, adding entry- to summary doesn’t add any useful information, and in practice there have been no problems with blog post summaries overlapping with entry summaries, so it makes sense to simplify to summary. The same applies to entry-content simplified to content.

See also: 2012-08-30 IRC conversation.

Related Work

Work that re-uses or builds upon h-entry:


This work is based on the existing hAtom microformat, and extensive selfdogfooding in the indie web camp community.

change control

Minor editorial changes (e.g. fixing minor typos or punctuation) that do not change and preferably clarify the structure and existing intended meaning may be done by anyone without filing issues, requiring only a sufficient "Summary" description field entry for the edit. More than minor but still purely editorial changes may be made by an editor. Anyone may question such editorial changes by undoing corresponding edits without filing an issue. Any further reversion or iteration on such an editorial change must be done by filing an issue.

For the stable features of this document, substantive issue filing, resolution, and edits may be done by filing an issue and discussing them on the issue and on #microformats IRC with a link to the issue.

Because this is primarily a vocabulary specification, very few issues beyond the list of vocabulary have filed or required any lengthy discussion. If such a non-trivial issue arises in the future, use the microformats2-parsing change control process to resolve them.

In general, non-vocabulary related features or requirements should be avoided in this specification, e.g. changes to microformats2 syntax must be proposed as microformats2-parsing changes using the microformats2-parsing change control process.

Beyond that, the following requirements must be met for adding or moving features (e.g. properties and values) to proposed, draft, or stable:

Proposed features must provide documentation of what specific real world use-cases they are solving, preferably with a link to a step-by-step user scenario, e.g. demonstratable using existing non-standard / single-site / single-implementation tools.
Draft properties must in addition be published and consumed in the wild on the public web, demonstrate solving the use case for which they were proposed, and should provide citations of real world public web sites publishing and (other sites) consuming them, interoperably.
Stable features (e.g. Core Properties) must in addition be published and consumed in the wild on multiple sites by multiple implementations (3+ different sites and implementations for publishing and consuming). When a draft property reaches a critical mass of deployment by numerous sites and implementations (far beyond 3+), due to network effects and backward compatibility considerations it effectively becomes stable, since it becomes increasingly difficult to change it in any way and have so many sites and implementations also change.

For creating an entirely new vocabulary, and more details about how to research existing values, properties, document examples in the wild, etc., see the microformats process.

See Also


h-entry was last modified: Friday, October 21st, 2016