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The term [[semantic-html]] is a mouthful, and belies both how simple it is, how well established it is among modern web designers, and the fact that it has benefits far beyond the obvious doing the right thing for the Web by using semantic markup.  We need a simple short mnemonic term that captures the essence of the concept, and is easily verbed (to posh, poshify, poshed up).
The term [[semantic-html]] is a mouthful, and belies both how simple it is, how well established it is among modern web designers, and the fact that it has benefits far beyond the obvious doing the right thing for the Web by using semantic markup.  We need a simple short mnemonic term that captures the essence of the concept, and is easily verbed (to posh, poshify, poshed up).
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== Be POSH ==
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== The POSH Process ==
What can you do to be POSH and to make your websites POSH?
What can you do to be POSH and to make your websites POSH?
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== Resources ==
== Resources ==
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=== POSH Bookmarks ===
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* Check out the Ma.gnolia [http://ma.gnolia.com/groups/posh POSH Group]
=== POSH Presentations ===
=== POSH Presentations ===
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* [http://tantek.com/presentations/2003SXSW/stylesheets.html CSS: Between the Style Sheets by Tantek Çelik (2003)], specifically, see slides 3-4,6 starting with "Leaving the [http://tantek.com/log/2002/10.html#L20021022t1432 <B>ed & <BR>eakfast]", and slide 9 "CSS & the Semantic Spectrum".
* [http://tantek.com/presentations/2003SXSW/stylesheets.html CSS: Between the Style Sheets by Tantek Çelik (2003)], specifically, see slides 3-4,6 starting with "Leaving the [http://tantek.com/log/2002/10.html#L20021022t1432 <B>ed & <BR>eakfast]", and slide 9 "CSS & the Semantic Spectrum".
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* ...
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=== POSH Tutorials ===
=== POSH Tutorials ===
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Step by step tutorials to create POSH content or upgrade existing content to POSH.
Step by step tutorials to create POSH content or upgrade existing content to POSH.
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* ...
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=== POSH Magazines ===
=== POSH Magazines ===
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Online (and off) magazines which frequently publish articles about semantic HTML. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-magazines]].
Online (and off) magazines which frequently publish articles about semantic HTML. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-magazines]].
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* [http://alistapart.com/ A List Apart: For People Making Websites]
* [http://alistapart.com/ A List Apart: For People Making Websites]
* [http://www.digital-web.com/ Digital Web Magazine]
* [http://www.digital-web.com/ Digital Web Magazine]
=== POSH Blogs ===
=== POSH Blogs ===
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Blogs that with some regularity post high quality discussions, insights, and in general have advanced the state of the art of POSH. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-blogs]].
Blogs that with some regularity post high quality discussions, insights, and in general have advanced the state of the art of POSH. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-blogs]].
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* [http://dbaron.org/log/current David Baron's weblog]
* [http://dbaron.org/log/current David Baron's weblog]
* [http://zeldman.com/ Jeffrey Zeldman Presents]
* [http://zeldman.com/ Jeffrey Zeldman Presents]
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=== POSH Blog posts ===
=== POSH Blog posts ===
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Blog posts that provide specific, modern, guidance, techniques and tips for using more and better semantic HTML.  If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-blog-posts]].
Blog posts that provide specific, modern, guidance, techniques and tips for using more and better semantic HTML.  If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to [[posh-blog-posts]].
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* [http://tantek.com/log/2002/10.html#L20021022t1432 Bed and BReakfast markup (B&BR)] (2002-10-22) - avoiding nonsemantic uses of <nowiki><b>old and <br>eak</nowiki> tags and using <nowiki><h3>adings and <p>aragraphs</nowiki> instead.
* [http://tantek.com/log/2002/10.html#L20021022t1432 Bed and BReakfast markup (B&BR)] (2002-10-22) - avoiding nonsemantic uses of <nowiki><b>old and <br>eak</nowiki> tags and using <nowiki><h3>adings and <p>aragraphs</nowiki> instead.
* [http://tantek.com/log/2002/11.html#L20021128t1352 <nowiki><A>norexic </A>nchors</nowiki>] (2002-11-28) - use the "id" attribute on existing elements instead of adding empty <code><nowiki><a name="foo"></a></nowiki></code> elements. Use [[rel-bookmark]] for post permalinks within the document.
* [http://tantek.com/log/2002/11.html#L20021128t1352 <nowiki><A>norexic </A>nchors</nowiki>] (2002-11-28) - use the "id" attribute on existing elements instead of adding empty <code><nowiki><a name="foo"></a></nowiki></code> elements. Use [[rel-bookmark]] for post permalinks within the document.
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== Spread POSH ==
== Spread POSH ==
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Now that you've poshified your website(s), what next?  Well, help spread POSH to other websites!
Now that you've poshified your website(s), what next?  Well, help spread POSH to other websites!
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== Improve POSH ==
== Improve POSH ==
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As you read the [[posh#Resources|POSH resources]] documented here, what other POSH resources did you find?  Add them to this page.
As you read the [[posh#Resources|POSH resources]] documented here, what other POSH resources did you find?  Add them to this page.
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== History ==
== History ==
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A brief history of references to "POSH" in this context and "plain old semantic HTML".
A brief history of references to "POSH" in this context and "plain old semantic HTML".
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=== plain old semantic HTML ===
=== plain old semantic HTML ===
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The earliest references to <strong>"plain old semantic HTML"</strong> that have been found so far are:
The earliest references to <strong>"plain old semantic HTML"</strong> that have been found so far are:
* [http://groups.google.com/group/comp.infosystems.www.authoring.site-design/msg/2373e9043c08cba4 1998-05-01: Kirrily 'Skud' Robert on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.site-design] - "The site is implemented in HTML 4.0 Transitional with style sheets; this means that anyone with an older browser won't get presentational markup, just <strong>plain old semantic HTML</strong>. "
* [http://groups.google.com/group/comp.infosystems.www.authoring.site-design/msg/2373e9043c08cba4 1998-05-01: Kirrily 'Skud' Robert on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.site-design] - "The site is implemented in HTML 4.0 Transitional with style sheets; this means that anyone with an older browser won't get presentational markup, just <strong>plain old semantic HTML</strong>. "
* [http://www.highrankings.com/advisor/tables-seo/ 2006-09-21 Drew's comment by on "Tables and SEO"]: "I’d say it’s well worth it for a variety of reasons to only use tables when you’re presenting tabular data, and use <strong>plain old semantic HTML</strong> to mark up your content in all other cases." (retrieved by [[User:Tantek|Tantek]] 08:20, 20 Apr 2007 (PDT))
* [http://www.highrankings.com/advisor/tables-seo/ 2006-09-21 Drew's comment by on "Tables and SEO"]: "I’d say it’s well worth it for a variety of reasons to only use tables when you’re presenting tabular data, and use <strong>plain old semantic HTML</strong> to mark up your content in all other cases." (retrieved by [[User:Tantek|Tantek]] 08:20, 20 Apr 2007 (PDT))
If you can find earlier references, please ''add'' them and include a brief quotation of the context of the reference to "plain old semantic HTML".
If you can find earlier references, please ''add'' them and include a brief quotation of the context of the reference to "plain old semantic HTML".

Revision as of 22:54, 20 April 2007

Plain Old Semantic HTML (POSH)

Welcome to the POSH home page.

Contents


Origins

The acronym POSH was coined on 6 April 2007 on the microformats IRC channel, by <kwijibo> as a shorthand abbreviation for plain-old-semantic-html. A discussion on among John Allsopp, Tantek Çelik, Jeremy Keith, and Chris Messina at the Microformats Dinner 2007 April 18 following Web 2.0 Expo reraised the idea of POSH and the importance of promoting the broader goal of POSH, of which microformats are built from and a proper subset thereof. For more see History.

Why

The term semantic-html is a mouthful, and belies both how simple it is, how well established it is among modern web designers, and the fact that it has benefits far beyond the obvious doing the right thing for the Web by using semantic markup. We need a simple short mnemonic term that captures the essence of the concept, and is easily verbed (to posh, poshify, poshed up).

The POSH Process

What can you do to be POSH and to make your websites POSH?

  1. Publish POSH content. Read POSH resources and make sure your website publishes valid semantic (X)HTML, and uses semantic-class-names accordingly.
  2. Spread POSH. Encourage others to be POSH and POSHify their websites by linking to this page.
  3. Improve POSH. Help us gather resources to enable more people to easily POSHify their websites.

Resources

POSH Bookmarks

POSH Presentations

Presentations which explain and advocate concepts and techniques for utilizing semantic HTML. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to posh-presentations.

POSH Tutorials

Step by step tutorials to create POSH content or upgrade existing content to POSH.

POSH Magazines

Online (and off) magazines which frequently publish articles about semantic HTML. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to posh-magazines.

POSH Blogs

Blogs that with some regularity post high quality discussions, insights, and in general have advanced the state of the art of POSH. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to posh-blogs.

POSH Blog posts

Blog posts that provide specific, modern, guidance, techniques and tips for using more and better semantic HTML. If/when this section gets too big, we can move it to posh-blog-posts.

See more blogs talking about "semantic HTML" and POSH.

Spread POSH

Now that you've poshified your website(s), what next? Well, help spread POSH to other websites!

Improve POSH

As you read the POSH resources documented here, what other POSH resources did you find? Add them to this page.

With your experience with both poshifying your sites and helping others do so, what have you learned? What kind of issues did you run into? What questions were commonly asked? What do you feel like you need to more easily and quickly help more people poshify their content?

History

A brief history of references to "POSH" in this context and "plain old semantic HTML".

plain old semantic HTML

The earliest references to "plain old semantic HTML" that have been found so far are:

If you can find earlier references, please add them and include a brief quotation of the context of the reference to "plain old semantic HTML".

posh was last modified: Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

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