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Best Practices for Example Pages

Example pages are the first stage of the exploration The microformats process which must precede proposing a new microformat. Current explorations are listed on the Welcome to the microformats wiki!. You can use the *** examples to help you create your own page.

Purpose of Example Pages

(adapted from The microformats process)

Document current human behavior. Remember, we're paving the cowpaths- before you do that you have to find the cowpaths. Your documentation should be a collection of real world sites and pages which are publishing the kind of data you wish to structure with a microformat. From those pages and sites, you should extract markup examples and the schemas implied therein, and provide analysis.

Recommended sections

Top level (=):

  • Introductory sentence

Second level (==):

  • The Problem)
    • What is the purpose of this exploration?
  • Participants
    • Bulleted list of who is active (or cares)
  • Real-World Examples
    • Links to public web pages, either popular or insightful
  • Existing Practices
    • Summary of common patterns discovered
    • Other attempts to solve The Problem
  • See Also / Next Steps
    • Link to related pages as they become available
      • *-formats
      • *-brainstorming

Good Examples of Examples

The following pages are some of the best examples of instantiating this design pattern: