A quick-fire round up of what’s happened in the microformats world this week; new implementations, major mailing list discussions and microformat-related discussion from the web at large.
- Kenji Matsuoka at Alexa has written hCard Search, an hCard search engine written in Java for the Alexa Web Search Platform.
Also, Drew McLellan posted a teaser of a Microformats Firefox toolbar, and a new Microformats in Drupal group has formed to see better implementation of microformats in the Drupal CMS.
- The ‘Custom Fields Microformat’ thread discusses a not-uncommon desire to describe arbitrary key-value pairs with a microformat. Tantek Çelik responds with a thorough explanation as to why this falls outside the scope of microformats.
On the web
- Jeremy Keith presented microformats at the Refresh 06 conference in Orlando and published a cream-of-crop compilation of microformats resources referenced in his talk.
- The far reaching discussion about decentralised social networking using XFN and hCard gained traction following a frustrated screenshot from Jon Hicks and related blog post by Derek Featherstone. Jeremy Keith outlines a solution that is realistic and implementable with microformats.
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