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* [http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2004/07/18/competent-classing Competent Classing by Eric Meyer] (2004-07-18)
* [http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2004/07/18/competent-classing Competent Classing by Eric Meyer] (2004-07-18)
* [http://tantek.com/log/2004/07.html#d20t2359 More about the 'class' attribute] (2004-07-20)
* [http://tantek.com/log/2004/07.html#d20t2359 More about the 'class' attribute] (2004-07-20)
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* [http://www.uie.com/articles/holzschlag_interview/ Web Standards in the Real World: An Interview with Molly Holzschlag] (2005-06-01)
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* [http://www.digital-web.com/articles/writing_semantic_markup/ Writing Semantic Markup] by Joshua Porter & Richard MacManus (2005-09-05)
* [http://westciv.typepad.com/dog_or_higher/2005/11/webpatterns_and.html Webpatterns and websemantics] (2005-11-18)
* [http://westciv.typepad.com/dog_or_higher/2005/11/webpatterns_and.html Webpatterns and websemantics] (2005-11-18)
* [http://www.thefutureoftheweb.com/blog/2006/2/writing-semantic-html Writing Semantic HTML by Jesse Skinner] (2006-02-22)
* [http://www.thefutureoftheweb.com/blog/2006/2/writing-semantic-html Writing Semantic HTML by Jesse Skinner] (2006-02-22)
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* [http://microformatique.com/?page_id=109 Semantics in HTML by John Allsopp] (2007-01-08 - 2007-03-12)
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* [http://microformatique.com/?page_id=109 Semantics in HTML] by John Allsopp (2007-01-08 - 2007-03-12)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=83 Part I - Traditional HTML Semantics] (2007-01-08)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=83 Part I - Traditional HTML Semantics] (2007-01-08)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=97 Part II - standardizing vocabularies] (2007-02-20)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=97 Part II - standardizing vocabularies] (2007-02-20)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=108 Part III - Towards a semantic web] (2007-03-12)
** [http://microformatique.com/?p=108 Part III - Towards a semantic web] (2007-03-12)
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* [http://tantek.com/log/2007/04.html#d20t0823 The Importance of Being POSH] (2007-04-20)
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* [http://www.thefutureoftheweb.com/blog/2007/1/who-will-read-your-semantic-html Who will read your Semantic HTML?] by Jesse Skinner (2007-01-04)
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* [http://tantek.com/log/2007/04.html#d20t0823 The Importance of Being POSH] by Tantek Çelik (2007-04-20)
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* [http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2007/04/21/getting-back-to-posh-plain-ol-semantic-html/ Getting back to POSH (Plain ol’ Semantic HTML)] by Chris Messina (2007-04-21)
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Revision as of 00:44, 22 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, which microformats are built from and are a proper subset of. 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.

The POSH Checklist

Resources

POSH Tutorials

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

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 Books

Modern web design books which document good semantic HTML practices.

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.

POSH Bling for your Blog

If you want to improve your existing blog, there are some pretty simple things you can do:

WordPress

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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