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Advocacy

A lot can be done to help advocate the use of microformats. Often, simply by taking an existing site, and adding the suggested microformatting to a few of its pages as examples is all that is necessary to help the developers of the site add the microformats to the site itself. Applications, such as browsers, could also use some guidance on how to best support microformats.

Sometimes advocacy requires comparison and analysis of alternative technologies or approaches. As MikeSchinkel pointed out, we need good answers to comments like "No, we're going to use XXX instead...".

The goal for this page is to include pointers for how to advocate microformats on new sites and on existing sites that are considering or using alternative approaches, as well as applications that can benefit from supporting microformats.

For general resources for marketing microformats, see spread-microformats.

Adding Microformats to Existing Sites

Add sites here that you think would benefit from the addition of microformats. For now they are grouped by the microformat which would primarily benefit the site (so that folks who feel they are good at adding a particular microformat. Feel free to take a look at some of the sites on this list, document sample pages to be microformatted, add microformats to them, and then add the before/after of the key sections of markup to another wiki page for that site.

hCard

Adding hCard to these sites would make them quite handy for their users and for being indexed:

Wikpedia hCard

Telephone Directory Listings

Telephone Directory Listings could usefully apply hCard to their results pages. Andy Mabbett 03:10, 13 Nov 2006 (PST)

e.g. (please add other examples!):

Postal (ZIP) code Finders

Postal code Finders could usefully apply hCard to their results pages. Andy Mabbett 12:09, 13 Nov 2006 (PST)

e.g. (please add other examples!):

Government hCard

UK Gov. hCard
Europe Gov. hCard

Other hCard

hCalendar

hCalendar could be used on these sites:

W3C track at WWW2006

Television listings

e.g. (please add other examples!):

Government hCalendar

UK Gov. hCalendar

Sports Fixtures

e.g. (please add other examples!):

Concert/ Theatre Listings

e.g. (please add other examples!):

hReview

hReview could be used on these sites:

Government hReview

UK Gov. hReview

Other hReview

hAtom

hAtom could be used on these sites:

Government hAtom

UK Gov. hAtom

Other hAtom

Geo

Adding "Geo" markup to these sites would make them even more useful:

rel-tag

Google as rel-tag namespace

A Google search for 'sparrow' resolves to http://www.google.com/search?&q=sparrow, if not the unwieldy http://www.google.com/search?hs=TUz&hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&q=sparrow&btnG=Search - likewise http://www.google.com/search?&q=%22black+redstart%22 for ' "black redstart" '. If Google can be persuaded to also accept, say, http://www.google.com/search/sparrow and http://www.google.com/search/black_redstart as being equivalent (and assuming that the latter term searches for ' "black redstart" ', with the quote marks), then Google would become a namespace for rel-tag. Andy Mabbett 00:15, 29 Nov 2006 (PST)

There is a workaround:

Andy Mabbett 04:56, 30 Nov 2006 (PST)

Various

IT News sites

There is obviously a great deal of publicity to be gained, by having uFs used on sites about IT developments, which are likely to be read by people in a position to have uFs used, and uF tools implemented, in their organisations. Please add to this list!

Adding Microformats to Applications

Firefox

Firefox developments

ReminderFox

Opera

Screenreaders

Adding Microformats to Web Services

ClearForest

Successes

hCard Successes

hCalendar Successes

Geo Successes

Comparisons With Alternative Approaches

CalDAV

Brian Suda

The other great thing about exposing your data as microformats, is that the data becomes Open Data. Will the general public have access to the CalDAV? (probably not) and even if they did, it will probably only serve-up .ics files... what if i don't want ICS? i need to then hack that around to get it into the format that i want... if the data were in the HTML to begin with, then i could EASILY convert that to any format i wanted. Also, sites like http://pingerati.net/ will happily take in hCalendar data and aggregate it, make your data more valuable and easily slurped up by other providers - i don't see that happening as easily with a CalDAV.

Kevin Marks

With respect to CalDAV: I spoke to the CalDAV chaps at Apple about this, they have hCalendar support as a ticket in their db: http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/calendarserver/ticket/19

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