Blog description format (background research)
- 1 Blog description format (background research)
A microformat to describe the contents of a (we)blog. It provides a specific set of information to categorize a (we)blog. Enables easier search for humans and efficient collection of information by machines.
Here are some of examples for information that might be provided:
- Details about the blog
- Blog name (e.g: "John Doe's Blog")
- Blog URI (e.g: http://example.org/ )
- Lanuage used for the blog, read-able by machines (e.g: "en-US" or "de")
- Topics covered by the blog
- A short description
- Available feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.)
- A small logo image
- Details about the author(s)
- Name (e.g: "John Doe")
- Contact details
- Geographical Location
Add real world examples here
The entry wrapper format has widespread usage, but seems to show up in slightly different contexts.
Some blogs (ala Wordpress) use the entry div as a wrapper to the actual post body, and wrap the whole thing in an additional div:
<div class="post"> <div class="entry"> </div> </div>
A vast number of sites, including many blogs contain the main page content within a id="content" div:
Wordpress uses class="postmetadata" to contain meta information, date, others use their own syntax - class="topics", class="description".
Titles are usually denoted with an H2 or H3 heading. Use of class="title" seems rare, but some sites do use this explicit markup.
class="summary" is used to denote an item summary, usually in a paragraph element.
rel="bookmark" and rel="permalink" are both used in various places to denote a permalink to the specified entry.
How do blogs include information about themself?
Most blogging tools and services provide information about available feeds in <link> elements.
Example: (random blog from LiveJournal.com)
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/shalom9121/data/rss" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom" href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/shalom9121/data/atom" />
How do blogs include information about the author?
It seems to be common on blogger.com to include "About me" in the sidebar (see http://www.blogger.com/redirect/next_blog.pyra?navBar=true for a random blog)
- blog-description-format-brainstorming for examples on how things could be done.