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- 1 microformats
- 1.1 the microformats principles
- 1.2 microformats presentations
- 1.3 microformats specifications
- 1.4 microformats based specifications
- 1.5 microformats experiments and first thoughts
- 1.6 Discussion
- a way of thinking about data
- design principles for formats
- adapted to current behaviors and usage patterns ("Pave the cow paths." - Adam Rifkin)
- highly correlated with semantic XHTML, AKA the real world semantics, AKA lowercase semantic web, AKA lossless XHTML
- described by Tantek's recent presentation at SXSW: The Elements of Meaningful XHTML
- a set of simple open data format standards that many (including Technorati) are actively developing and implementing for more/better structured blogging and web microcontent publishing in general.
- "An evolutionary revolution" - Ryan King
- all the above.
microformats are not:
- a new language
- infinitely extensible and open-ended
- an attempt to get everyone to change their behavior and rewrite their tools
- a whole new approach that throws away what already works today
- a panacea for all taxonomies, ontologies, and other such abstractions
- defining the whole world, or even just boiling the ocean
- any of the above
the microformats principles
- solve a specific problem
- start as simple as possible
- solve simpler problems first
- make evolutionary improvements
- design for humans first, machines second
- be presentable and parsable
- visible data is better than invisible metadata
- adapt to current behaviors and usage patterns, e.g. (X)HTML, blogging
- reuse building blocks from widely adopted standards
- modularity / embeddability
- design to be reused and embedded inside existing formats and microformats
- enable and encourage decentralized development, content, services
- explicitly encourage "spirit of the Web"
- See separate microformats-presentations page.
People, Companies, Organizations
Lists and Outlines
Calendars and Events
Ratings and Reviews
Licenses, open source, content sharing
Tags, keywords, categories
- rel="tag" - RelTag - in use by:
microformats based specifications
The beauty of small and simple microformats is that they can easily be reused as building blocks to for richer formats and specifications.
microformats experiments and first thoughts
- hReview 0.4 (in progress)
- reviews-formats - research into existing review schemas and formats to attempt to understand the common simple subset that makes sense to turn into a microformat, as well as analysis of existing review markup structures used for presentation.
News Story Relationships
- podcast-metadata - A standard for using HTML to markup podcast "show notes" blog posts with machine usable metadata
Exams and certification
- Jeff Jarvis - The future of classifieds outlines the coming demand for a distributed job posting microformat.
- WikiFormats - making formats out of materials common to most all wiki: bold, italic, links, and maybe lists.