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* Use [[templates]] for boilerplate text and repeated lists of links
* Sub-divide our [[Special:Longpage|longest pages]]
* Add keywords to the foot of pages (see [[vcard-suggestions]] for examples), so that they can be converted to tags, once this wiki allows the use of "rel" attributes. Keywords can also include synonyms to aid searching.  
* Add keywords to the foot of pages (see [[vcard-suggestions]] for examples), so that they can be converted to tags, once this wiki allows the use of "rel" attributes. Keywords can also include synonyms to aid searching.  

Revision as of 12:35, 16 January 2008

To Do

This page is for posting microformats related shared to do items. If you want to use this page for your microformats related to-do items, create a section with your name on it. The reason we are keeping these all on the same page is to make it easier to tell when people are working on similar things, and to make it more obvious when people help out with other people's tasks. In theory this probably won't scale, but let's first see how it does in practice. :) - Tantek


Just some nice things, feel free to do any of these.

for all microformats

  • We have added a new mailing list called microformats-new. There may be some confusion surrounding this change, so it would be helpful to:
    • Draft a message to be added to the confirm message sent when someone subscribes to any list including a welcome message, ground rules, topic for the subscribed list, and the topics for nearby lists.
    • Add a faq entry somewhere on why the new list was created.
    • Double check the wiki pages to make sure advice on mailing lists is accurate.
  • quick and easy "how to" pages for each microformat. get-started is a good overall start.
  • brief summary statements for each microformat that explain why it matters, what does it accomplish for the publisher.
  • write up mailing-list questions and answers in the appropriate faq pages.
  • validators. See the hReview section below as there has been a request for an hReview validator in particular. See Norman Walsh's blog post "Validating microformats" for some valuable analysis and validation pseudo-code (prose description), which are useful steps towards building microformat validators.
  • Add OpenID to Microformats Blog.
  • Submit definitions of "microformat", and individual examples, to the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, acording to the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing guidelines
  • it would be nice to replace the -in-the-wild pages with a form that accepted URL entries that would both register the site and look for valid microformatted content and for those pages with problems, would set them aside in a queue to be reviewed by the community. Having such an interface would likely be more efficient for implementors looking to have their work reviewed, and would also add to a ready-database of microformats in the wild -- which would be a great way to feed User:Chris_Messina Chris Messina on 2007 Aug 31.
  • If it's not being done already, the microformats wiki should really start using Akismet or some other form of automated spam fighting solutions. The admins are wasting far too much time reverting abuse compared with the amount of time creating or pruning good content.
    • I could not find an Akismet extension as of today, but Recaptcha is a useful screen for spambots, for MediaWiki (1.7+). See instructions here. Note that this can be configured to display a "captcha" screen on account creation, which would likely stop the current attacks on --jeffmcneill 00:44, 5 Oct 2007 (PDT)


See hcard-to-do


Add support to open source calendar projects

These are open source projects that could be potentially enhanced to support hCalendar.


  • hReview support in Ecto (hey Adriaan!), requested by Andy Smith
  • an hReview validator.
  • a semantic, clean css star rating picker (e.g. a UI widget to rate from 1-5 stars)

hCalendar/hCard/hReview editor

  • onblur in the URL field (e.g. on hCalendar), goes out and tries to retrieve an object of same time (e.g. an hCalendar vevent) from that URL and uses it to autofill the form, same thing if the creator is loaded with that URL prefilled (e.g. due to a ?url= in the URL that loads the creator).


  • hatom-issues needs sections for closed issues, resolved issues, and open issues sorted by year, similar to hcard-issues.

WordPress patches for microformats

  • submit patches for WordPress code/templates for microformats improvement
  • Wordpress plugin for microformats, specifically hReview and hCalendar

Yahoo Open Source Library Patches

Several of these could very much be improved with a little microformats markup. Do we just make patches and submit them? Contact Nate Koechley at Yahoo (see Tantek for contact info) to follow-up.

Drupal patches for microformats

  • Microformat Module for Drupal A group discussing ways to implement microformats in Drupal. Currently looking to support hAtom, hCard and hCalendar to start with. Contact digitalspaghetti at gmail dot com if you are interested in contributing to the project.

Adding Microformats to Existing Pages

rel-tagging on Wikipedia

Somebody familiar with the "rel-tag" microformat might want to add details, and a link to the relevant page on this Wiki, to the Wikipedia page on tagging. Andy Mabbett 14:07, 3 Jan 2007 (PST)

wiki gardening

  • Find orphaned pages, and add links to them.
  • Use templates for boilerplate text and repeated lists of links
  • Sub-divide our longest pages
  • Add keywords to the foot of pages (see vcard-suggestions for examples), so that they can be converted to tags, once this wiki allows the use of "rel" attributes. Keywords can also include synonyms to aid searching.


For English-language pages only: Find British spellings of words and replace them with the US spellings per en-US. Mark such edits as "minor" with the comment: [[en-US]]

Here is a table of searches for some of the British-English spellings that have crept into English-language microformats wiki pages, along with their respective US-English spellings. If you find other British spellings, please feel free to add them to this table, with their US equivalent.

en-GB en-US
behaviour behavior
behaviours behaviors
centre center
colour color
colours colors
flavour flavor
flavours flavors
flavoured flavored

More American and British English spelling differences


This section is for any admins to keep track of current to-do items for admins and/or for folks to suggest to-do items for admins, in particular, having to do with suggestions for improvements to infrastructure such as the wiki. If you do add an item to this list, please sign your username with four tildes: ~~~~.

Website Improvements

  • OpenID login, on behalf of a request a while ago from User:Chris_Messina (especially for comments in WordPress). User:Chris_Messina 16:50, 31 Aug 2007 (PDT)
  • Pibb integration for the #microformats IRC channel. It is relatively simple to embed the Pibb chat widget into a webpage that bridges to the #microformats IRC channel. This would allow for greater access and transparency to the IRC discussions as well as allow people to participate using only their web browser. User:Chris_Messina 16:50, 31 Aug 2007 (PDT)

Wiki improvements

  • Upgrade the wiki!
    • Listed first since most of the other items on this list (such as OpenID integration) target later versions or will at least be more easily implementable in the case of new development.
    • Since the server hosting this wiki is already running PHP 5, advise upgrading to the highest released version (1.11 at the time of this writing).
    • As a consequence of upgrading, any existing core hacks will have to be removed. Progressing further, advise not hacking the core as it hinders future upgrades (for reference, Wikipedia runs the HEAD revision from SVN, updated every few days).
    • There are many improvements to the core with each release. Since 1.4 there have been significant improvements to the templating engine including optional parameters, parameter default values, proper parsing of nested template calls, conditional blocks (such as <noincldue>, <includeonly>, and <onlyinclude>) --JimboJW 13:38, 25 Sep 2007 (PDT)
  • "Standard" Extensions
    • There are a number of "standard" extensions that are applicable to most documentation wikis. See Wikipedia's Version Page for a list of currently installed extensions on the English Wikipedia.
    • I'd personally advise getting Cite, ParserFunctions and SyntaxHighlight. --JimboJW 13:38, 25 Sep 2007 (PDT)
  • OpenID login, on behalf of a request a while ago from User:DanC. Tantek 20:50, 20 Jul 2007 (PDT)
  • Install creation template extension(s)(see: or or User:RobManson 14:00, 20 Jul 2007 (AEST)
  • Encourage new users to use the preview feature to prevent a deluge of edit notifications from interrupting IRC discussions. SignpostMarv 09:28, 12 Aug 2007 (PDT)
  • Some kind of anti-spam (captcha? recaptcha? reverse turing tests? Spam Karma?) ~ WilleRaab 09:43, 12 Aug 2007 (PDT)
  • Add the necessary styling per W3C Manual of Style guidelines for RFC 2119 (perhaps in a w3cstyleguide.css file) to our MediaWiki install's CSS, in order to enable removal of in-line styles from our RFC 2119 Templates:

.RFC2119 {

 text-transform: lowercase;
 font-style: italic;


  • Add an address element, with a class=author hCard, to the footer of every page, to facilitate the use of hAtom and to "include" in other microformats, based on:
<address class="author vcard">The <span class="fn org">Microformat community</span></address>
  • add a class, noprint to the site's CSS, so that sections (such as "related pages" footers) can be made non- printing.



See User:Tantek/to-do


wiki cleanup

  • possibly move dead proposals off of homepage?

hCalendar/hCard/hReview creator improvements

  • get all creators working in IE/Win, IE/Mac, Safari/OSX.3



  • update rel-payment to reference the IANA registry [1]


  • make sure we explicitly disallow 'vjournal'

Dimitri Glazkov

  • Figure out REST/Microformats thing
  • Work on result set idea
  • Implement h-creators using Web Forms 2.0

Chris Messina


  • Work on a microformat for play-lists (is it just a XOXO ordererd list of play-items?)
  • Work on a microformat for play-item (take a look at media-info-examples)
  • Work on microformats tutorial for designers
  • Add support for OpenID to micformats wiki
  • Add support for OpenID to the microformats blog.
  • Read GTD (at least the first two chapters).


  • Get Blogger to support hAtom and hCard
  • Get LinkedIn to support hCard, hResume, hCalendar and XFN
  • Get XING to support hCard, hCalendar, hResume and XFN
  • Get Digg to support microformats (still need XFN).


  • Microformat for "buyable items" (see listing-examples and related documents)
  • Location MF -- right click "map this" (see geo and adr)
  • Better hCard support in the browser -- right click "IM this person...", "Add to contacts" (see Flocktails)
  • Better hCal support -- support many views of same hCal data on one page using XSLT
  • We need something that a designer/web programmer can come to and leave w/ 2 examples of each microformat that they can apply right away... a "microformats styleguide for designers", if you will.
  • invoicing microformat
  • better microformats wiki theme
  • Define flow for OpenID + XFN + hcard (see DiSo Project)

Robert Bachmann

Robert Bachmann


  • Test scripts
  • hAtom2Atom
    • Join all hfeed's inside a page (or a fragment thereof) into one feed using atom:source semantics.
    • Extraction of atom:content, atom:summary and atom:title:
      • atom:content and atom:summary as HTML
      • atom:content and atom:summary as plain-text
      • atom:title as XHTML
      • atom:title as HTML
    • Support for other XSLT engines:
      • .Net System.Xml
      • hAtom2Atom written using XSL 2.0?
        • Do you think this would be useful? I have created a barebones version, doesn't yet take in all the parsing rules yet, but I'd be happy to share. Moving to XSL 2.0 does make things a bit cleaner and more efficient. - Matt Dertinger.
    • Support for other output formats: (hAtom2xyz.xsl)
      • RSS 2.0 (meanwhile use hAtom2Atom.xsl and atom2rss.xsl) -- +1 Matt Dertinger
      • RSS 1.0 (meanwhile use hAtom2Atom.xsl and atom2rss.xslt) -- +1 Matt Dertinger
        • My opinion at the moment, I neither want to produce nor to consume RSS. Atom is nicer (and should be supported by most good feed readers available today), RSS should fade away. -- Robert Bachmann
      • AtomOWL (meanwhile use hAtom2Atom.xsl and atom2rdfxml.xsl)-- +1 Matt Dertinger
        • Having the possibility of GRDDL-ing hAtom to AtomOWL seems definitly interessting. I realy should implement this some day. - Robert Bachmann
      • JSON?
        • Does it make sense to consider a canonical representation of microformats (either case by case, or in general) in JSON? E.g. so that a JSON API that returned contact information could return an hCard-equivalent chunk of JSON. - Tantek.
          • This could enable some nice JavaScript hacks. I should give hAtom2JSON a try. - Robert Bachmann

    (singpolyma 01:02, 9 May 2006 (PDT) -- Not XSLT, but see for hatom to RSS2.0 conversion)

Brian Suda

Citation Microformats

  • Add all my notes to the Wiki
  • Start the process of naming the properties using existing names


Make changes and update site (almost stable) Get ATTENDEE and other strange attributes working


work on the warnings and error output for the pre-check in X2V


  • clean-up the MF FAQs
  • clean-up FAQs from the major microformats
  • pull Questions from the mailing list and document them to the FAQs and example

Microformats History

additions to the wiki

  • better explain why NOT infinitely scaling is a good thing
  • better explain why microformats do NOT use namespacing

Mark Rickerby

Current Tasks


  • hmmm

Ernest Prabhakar

Wiki-Thon Proposal

Set aside several hours (probably a Friday night US PST) for focused work on the Wiki, including both physical (e.g., a room in the Bay Area) and virtual (IRC/iChat) participants.


  1. Improve understanding of what needs to be done for Wiki
    • IMHO - this should be done here, in to-do incrementally. -Tantek
  2. Tackle larger projects (~1-2 hours) than people usually have time for
    • I'd like to see these projects *documented* first on to-do before we spend 1-2 hours of a bunch of folk's collective time to go through them. -Tantek
  3. Motivate community to have fun with otherwise tedious "housecleaning" chores

Agenda (Wishlist)

In parallel:

  • Coalesce/prioritize existing To-Do items (above)
  • Review/revise desired pathways for:
    • New users learning about microformats
      • e.g., intro, about, explore, tutorials, etc.
      • cf. Rails front page
        • Get Excited (Why, background, motivation)
        • Get Started (What, downloads, getting started)
        • Get Better (How, tutorials, )
        • Get Involved (Who)
    • Microformat lifecycle
  • Review existing specs for completeness and consistency
  • Identify areas of 'bitrot' or 'hole-filling'
  • Do it!

Dan Connolly

DanC hopes to sync up on these tasks in irc roughly weekly, during Wednesday afternoon (Chicago time) "office hours". See also my esw todo list and someday pile.

  • from WWW2006
    • follow up on GRDDL as escape valve for microformats proposals, much like CSS was an escape valve for HTML tag proposals.

DanC 15:39, 31 May 2006 (PDT)

Chris Casciano


  • get around to updating hatom-issues with some multi feed rules/exceptions.
  • Update textpattern plugin with simple hreview support and get a new release out
  • Redesign and include hatom
  • Follow up with technorati folks on pingerati reviews getting lost (note: this will require publishing more reviews and theen watching them through the update process)
  • prototype a NetNewsWire microformat extractor (CSS+AppleScript)

Drew McLellan


  • Build an hReview profile for hKit and test
  • Update the Dreamweaver extensions to mirror recent changes in the online builders
  • Publish an hCard to JSON service on using hKit.
  • Further develop blog comment form hCard collection ideas.
  • Version of hReview creator using hKit to import business details from an hCard

Christophe Ducamp (french localization)

Christophe Ducamp

  • seed "microformateurs group" and invite them to update
    • write a process for newbies in order to make them write CHIC posts on a public blog-governed-by-wiki ([2]) before publication.
    • find experts for peer-reviewing
    • find french CSS gurus to setup a nice Sandbox-CSS template on Wordpress
  • translating the wiki
    • translate red links on Main_Page-fr and synchronize
    • find out microformateurs at ease on "the-wiki-way-translation", and ready to help on semi-anonymous-synchro
  • community-marketing -> pinko-marketing
    • public-relations towards french journalists and complete advocacy (especially hcard-advocacy-fr towards organizations.
    • help to build events, workshops like barcamps and explorcamps
    • update French-wikipedia:Microformats and subpages via cowriting on discussion page (directly originated from the english article) + french examples to be found + local resources.
    • open discussion with french wikipediens about implementing some of the english existing templates
    • small gifts: accessories and free gifts ? t-shirts, localized cheat-sheet, id-hcard-openid-providing, etc.
      • create hCard, hCalendar... and all red link pages on french wikipedia
  • localize species-fr and related pages
  • move all contents remaining on ->
  • wiki and uf:
    • write and talk with "" to invite them to make experiences with uf -> talk with Mark Dilley
    • maintain/update and talk with LionKimbro
    • XWiki : awaiting beta-test of new platform
      • Follow-up LudovicDubost et LaurentLunati
  • setup real-life links with european governance members ;) may be joining dconstruct-microformats-workshop - find solution (registering fees and travel expenses -> talk with Arnaud Fontaine or search french sponsors)

Frances Berriman

Frances Berriman

  • Work on styles for zen-garden project.
  • Style HTML cheatsheet to match Brian Suda's PDF.
  • Write simplified help/implementation documents (how tos) for all finalised Microformats.
  • Re-organise general FAQ and simplify
    • (Feel free to add suggested tasks to my list below:)
      • Help converge on organization efforts ~bewest :-)

Ben West (bewest)

See User:BenWest/to-do

Matt Dertinger (Thewhoo)



  • Support for other XSLT engines:
    • hAtom2Atom written using XSL 2.0
  • Support for other output formats: (hAtom2xyz.xsl)

Microformats Proposals

  • rel="disclaimer":
    • Purpose: to create a semantic linkage (relationship) between a foot-note or end-note marker and the actual location of the text that the marker refers to.
  • rel="external":
    • Purpose: to formalize what is already in existence in the wild. The use of rel="external" to refer to a document that is external or outside of the current domain.

Henri Bergius

Henri Bergius

  • Add hKit support for automatically populating contact details into OpenPsa Contacts CRM
  • Implement Tail scripts for adding things into Midgard

Justin Thorp

  • Start researching examples for a To-do microformat

Mark Lentczner

  • Get Second Life's event web pages to have proper event microformats data
  • Start pinging$url when pages are updated
  • Collaborate on designing how to integrate microformats, metadata and objects in Second Life.

Derrick Pallas

microformat proposal: dependancy

  • looking for examples of directed graphs on the web
  • applications in
    • software engineering
      • automatically build library dependency trees
      • distribute security alerts to people that link to your code
    • any directed, acyclic graph
      • getting dressed in the morning
      • cooking
  • orthogonal to xfn
    • people don't have versions
      • libfoo requires libbar-2.0 or later
    • people don't have optional relationships
      • ex: at build time, compile in SSL support if present
    • people don't have exclusive-or relationships
      • ex: in Gentoo, syslog, syslog-ng, and metalog satisfy virtual/syslog
      • ex: the Ruby library RMagick requires ImageMagick xor GraphicsMagick

Paul Downey

  • building a generic Javascript parser
  • bundling parser as a TidlyWiki plugin for hCards
  • documenting how best to microformat TiddlyWiki pages

Rob Manson

Clay Newton

  • Work on getting others involved in trade-examples
    • Need examples from major online banking sites
    • Need examples from major ecommerce sites
  • Continue working on: trade-brainstorming