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Blog description format (background research)


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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:


Add real world examples here

Existing practice

Entry Wrappers

<div class="entry"></div>

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">

A vast number of sites, including many blogs contain the main page content within a id="content" div:

<div id="content"></div>


Wordpress uses class="postmetadata" to contain meta information, date, others use their own syntax - class="topics", class="description".

Basic Elements

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.

Blog description

How do blogs include information about themself?


Most blogging tools and services provide information about available feeds in <link> elements.

Example: (random blog from
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom" href="" />

Author information

How do blogs include information about the author?

It seems to be common on to include "About me" in the sidebar (see for a random blog)

See also

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