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Microformats Glossary

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microformat
See http://microformats.org/about/.
@
in the context of, say, @rel, this is shorthand for attribute, so "the @rel" should be read as "the rel attribute"
anti-pattern
see anti-patterns
anti design pattern
see anti-design-patterns
attribute
HTML attribute. see HTML element on Wikipedia
autodiscovery
see discovery
class
HTML class attribute
compound microformat
See compound-microformat
content type
see content-type
CSV
comma-separated-values. See CSV.
deprecated
In the process of being phased out (see Deprecation on Wikiepedia)
design pattern
see class-design-pattern for example.
discovery
see representative-hcard for example.
DRY
Don't Repeat Yourself
See DRY
element
HTML element. see HTML element on Wikipedia.
elemental microformat
See elemental-microformat
GPX
XML format for waypoints, tracks and trails, used by many GPS devices. See also KML.
grandfather(ed)
Something which is an exception to a rule (or pattern, behavior, etc.), because it existed before that rule was formulated.
HTML
HyperText Mark-up Language
see HTML on Wkiipedia and XHTML, below.
informative
Applies to that part of a standard (such as an introduction or list of references) which is not proscriptive; as opposed to normative (see below)
JSON
JavaScript Object Notation (pronounced "Jason")
a lightweight, text-based, human-readable format for representing data structures and arrays (see JSON).
KML
Keyhole Mark-up Language
XML format for waypoints, tracks and trails, used by Google Maps and others. See also GPX.
mark-up
n. the (X)HTML codes and related classes which, when wrapped around data, turn it into a web page.
mark up
v. to apply mark-up.
mfbot
mfbot is an IRC bot which logs all edits to this wiki.
microformat
See http://microformats.org/about/.
microformateer
A person involved with microformats.
mime type
see content-type
namespace
see namespaces.
normative
Applies to a prescriptive part of a standard; as opposed to informative (see above). See also and Normative on Wikipedia.
parse
(verb) To extract data from a format using explicit parsing rules for one or more formats, such as microformats (see also "scrape").
See also 'parsing' on Wikipedia
picoformat
A syntax for communicating and executing commands with mobile devices over SMS. See picoformats
POSH
Plain Old Semantic (X)HTML. see POSH.
process
The procedure for developing a new microformat. See process
profile
see profile.
property
The various aspects of an object that are represented by microformats. E.g. hCard properties.
rel
a property which signifies the relationship of one page to another, linked, page. See existing-rel-values.
rev
as rel, but applying in the reverse direction. Use and development of new rev values are deprecated for microformats.
route
(In proposed extensions to Geo) - see geo-extension-waypoints#Terms
scrape
(verb) To extract apparent data from a file/stream (plain text, HTML, RSS, XML, whatever) using regular expressions or other made-up rules that are not explicitly defined by the data formats (if any) that you are extracting. See also "parse" in contrast.
semantic
(adjective) having meaning.
standard
see standard
tag
see rel-tag.
tag space
a URL prefix for scoping tags.
track
(In proposed extensions to Geo) - see geo-extension-waypoints#Terms
type
see type
uF
Shorthand for microformat, especially used in e-mail and on IRC. Plural: uFs.
URI
Uniform Resource Identifier: a compact string of characters used to identify or name a resource. See URIs on Wikipedia
URL
Uniform Resource Locator
  1. in popular usage, a widespread synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) — many popular and technical texts will use the term "URL" when referring to a URI
  2. in strict technical usage, a subset of URI specific to identifiers who are primarily locators.
See URLs on Wikipedia
value
properties and attributes have values.
waypoint
(In proposed extensions to Geo) - see geo-extension-waypoints#Terms
WikiWord
Any word which contains at least two upper case letters, separated by at least one lower case letter. For example, ThisIsAnExample - see WikiWord
(X)HTML
A generic term, meaning "HTML or XHTML".
XHTML
HTML reformulated in XML.
See see XHTML on Wkiipedia or http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/ for more information.
XMDP
(X)HTML Meta Data Profile
See XMDP on Wikipedia
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