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The audio info microformat creates a standard method of marking up metadata and information about one or more audio recordings discussed on a web page.


This section explores the terminology that should used to discuss an audio info microformat.

Common Terminology on Audio Websites


Discovered Elements

There were several elements that were identified during the discovery process as being good first-implementation candidates. They are listed below in order of popularity.


The artist information was found on all pages related to audio recordings. This usually consisted of an artist name, band name, or orchestra name. This field could more loosely be described as the primary content creator.


It is recommended that artist name be wrapped in a vcard inside a 'collaborator' tag. For example:

<span class="collaborator fn">Green Day</span>


<span class="collaborator">
 <div class="vcard">
  <span class="fn">Green Day</span> (<span class="role">artist</span>)


The title of the album, song, speech or podcast was almost as prevalent as the artist name. This was usually a simple text value.


It is recommended that the title be implemented as a simple span tag:

<span class="title">I Have A Dream</span>

tracks (track/song listing)

Usually on a page listing an album or a podcast, a listing of tracks/songs available in the collection was detailed on the same page.


It is recommended that we not create a new collection Microformat and instead depend on nesting the same Microformat to denote collections of items.

Album example:

<div class="haudio">
 <span class="title">Audio Album Name</span> by
 <span class="collaborator fn">Artist Name</span>
 <div class="haudio">
  <span class="title">Track 1</span>
 <div class="haudio">
  <span class="title">Track 2</span>
 <div class="haudio">
  <span class="title">Track 3</span>

Podcast example:

<div class="haudio">
 <span class="title">January 2007 Podcast</span> by
 <span class="collaborator fn">Podcaster Name</span>
 <div class="haudio">
  <span class="collaborator fn">Artist Name 1</span>
  <span class="title">Track 1</span>
 <div class="haudio">
  <span class="collaborator fn">Artist Name 2</span>
  <span class="title">Track 2</span>

release date

A release date is usually specified for the date that the album, song, track or podcast hit the streets. This is almost always in a standard date format.





acquisition method



Additional Possibilities

Possible Uses

This section describes potential applications for an audio info microformat.

Transformational Uses

It may be desirable to process an audio blog using a transformational tool, such as XSLT, to produce a different representation that can be used elsewhere - such as in a REST invocation.

Archival Uses

Being able to scrape information from a web page and store it long term may be desirable for search companies.

Personal Database

Search Engines

Partial Text Blogs


See Also