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This page documents the press that microformats has received. See also microformats Articles, screencasts, presentations, microformats podcasts, and Books. Note that some of this press may be in response to the press FAQ.

Some sources of conventional press:

Press enquiries

If you are a journalist, wanting to write or broadcast about microformats, please ask on our #microformats IRC channel or microformats-discuss mailing list.

March 2009

October 2007

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September 2007

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August 2007

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July 2007

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  • 2007-07-18 Forbes article on Plaxo Pushes for Open Social Web references below microformats announcements (
  • 2007-07-17 Plaxo Pushes For "Open Social Web": Endorses and implements key open standards, OpenID and microformats (

    ...the company has implemented the microformats hCard and hCal as part of the all-new Plaxo 3.0 making it even easier for members to share information and support more mashups in the future. Public profiles, a new feature of the service, now use the hCard format for contact info, giving users the ability use their profile information on any of the growing list of services that consume hCard data.

  • 2007-07-03 "What's next for the Internet" in "" syndication of an article from "Business 2.0 Magazine" by Michael V. Copeland. (

    "We've had the problem of overpromising in this industry; a lot of us who were working on semantic Web technologies early on saw the potential and got a little excited. It has taken much longer to realize than we thought. One thing Web 2.0 has taught everybody is that simpler is better. Find something useful and iterate on that." [- Nova Spivack]

    Tom Coates, whose day job at Yahoo involves working on just these issues, thinks the Web 2.0 crowd is already taking care of the problem. He points to tagging and microformats that add some of the same metadata to webpages that semantic technologies offer.

    "I call it the dirty semantic Web," Coates says from his London office. "It may not be the pristine Berners-Lee view of the world, but it is headed in the right direction."

June 2007

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  • 2007-06-29 "The Tech Lab: Bradley Horowitz" in "BBC News, Technology" (

    Where we find people codifying big blocks of entities - whether in a movie database or books or restaurants, or business entities - I am comfortable taking a pragmatic approach so long as the companies contributing their respective intellectual property are committed to open standards and strategies.

    It will happen through small pieces loosely joined, and it is emerging already. Different domain specialists will grab different domain patches.

    Once we begin to have this information we can then put it in microformats on the web, which are machine-readable. So then in an automated fashion crawlers can take advantage of that structure.


    The web itself is sloppy, loose and unstructured - and these, by the way, are virtues!

    But in making it easy to add microformats, which are just machine-readable, coded bits of structure, we let machines talk to machines and ambiguity over which restaurant I am blogging about, or which film, or which person, will end.

    This represents a huge step toward the vision of the semantic web, and will not only create entirely new applications, but will also solve problems that users today have come to accept as part of "life on the web."

    This structure should be optional, not imposed. The onus is on us, the builders of the tools, to make it brain dead simple to add this structure.

  • 2007-06-29 "Les microformats donnent du sens aux pages web" in "01 Informatique" - issue 1911 by Frederic Bordage. [1] with a french interview of Tantek Çelik [2]682882852_15a6587a30_m.jpg

    Web Sémantique. Ces formats transforment les pages web en bases de données structurées. L'indexation devient ainsi plus riche et plus pertinente. "Une approche du web sémantique pragmatique et simple à mettre en oeuvre". C'est ainsi que François Goube, PDG du moteur de recherche qualifie les microformats. (...)

    Translation : These microformats enhance web pages, and lead them to structured data. As a search engine, it makes more sense. "Integrating Microformats is a really simple and pragmatic way to start with semantic web", said Francois Goube, CEO of : a European JobSearch engine.

  • 2007-06-21 "Microformats: People First, Machines Second" in "Electronic Design" by William Wong. ED Online ID #15742. (

    It's amazing what you can find bouncing around the Internet. I stumbled across microformats while looking for something else. Microformats are a way of embedding semantic information on a Web page. They're designed to augment human-readable versions so software can easily and accurately extract the same information. Also, they're based on a small set of open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.

January 2007

Blog Mentions

While not conventionally thought of as press or news, mentions by blogs can often be significant and may superficially resemble press due to their reverse chronological, most recent post first organization.

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