Microformats: the book

It’s certainly old news by now, (since when are we on the cutting edge here?) but there’s a book out dedicated entirely to microformats.

Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0

Written by John Allsopp and published by Friends of Ed, Microformats: Empowring Your Markup for Web 2.0 covers everything you need to know about microformats, from how they’re built (the process) to how to publish and parse them. Include are two case studies, one about corkd, another about Yahoo.

I haven’t read the entire book yet, but still I’d recomend it to anyone interested in microformats. John’s a great writer, and he built a great supporting cast for this book– it was tech edited by Brian Suda and includes contributions from Dan Cederholm and Nate Koetchly, among others.

Even if you feel you wouldn’t learn anything from the book, at the very least you can show it to your manager and say “look, it must be important, they’re writing books about it!”.

Links for the book:

18 Responses to “Microformats: the book”

  1. Michael Buckbee :

    Doh! I’m a moron. I read that actual text in the book title link and it says “Empowring”, with no “e” and I thought it was a deliberate move (ala Flickr) until I read the actual cover of the book.

    April 19th, 2007 at 11:16 am

  2. Nate Koechley :

    If you have a chance, the correct spelling of my last name is Koechley.


    April 22nd, 2007 at 10:29 pm

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    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:52 am

  4. Denise :

    Iam going to get my copy off of Amazon. Nice cover!!

    April 24th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

  5. John Crosby :

    I am currently reading though the book. Being just introduced to microformats, I think it is a great book for the what whys and hows of microformats. There are plenty of usage examples as well as very good explanations of why certain things are done within the different types of microformats.

    April 28th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

  6. Gustav S :

    This idea is excellent, so easy to implement and thus so practical to import export to your address book. well done


    May 13th, 2007 at 1:32 am

  7. Mike Schinkel :

    Heh. At first I thought maybe the subtitled was doing a little “Flickring” in web 2.0 style…

    “Microformats: Empowring Your Markup for Web 2.0”

    Then I just realized Ryan made a typo. ‘-)

    June 2nd, 2007 at 3:12 pm

  8. James Jeffery :

    The books great i just wish it went into more depth on microformats in development such as xFolk.

    There is some grammer errors that sent me flying and had to re-read the line’s and at times the author repeats himself.

    Still a great book though and it opened my eyes to the power of microformats.

    June 3rd, 2007 at 12:14 am

  9. Ooops!! :

    No results found for empowring.

    June 6th, 2007 at 4:46 am

  10. Nate Klaiber :

    Excellent book from cover to cover. In-depth look at the many aspects/formats of microformats and some excellent interviews/case studies.

    I definitely like the line:

    at the very least you can show it to your manager and say “look, it must be important, they’re writing books about it!”

    June 13th, 2007 at 7:13 am

  11. Ben :


    I was hoping that “Empowring” was a Web 2.0 jab. Looking at the book cover, I see that it’s just a typo.

    June 13th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

  12. Marc Morgan :

    Psssst….. Don’t know if anyone has pointed this out, but you misspelled Empowering in your post.

    June 15th, 2007 at 5:29 am

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    June 21st, 2007 at 1:00 am

  14. Colin McC :

    Great book, it drew me in, and I read it in a day… Now I have to make time to go back, and look at my sites and see how I can apply the thoughts the book inspired.


    June 28th, 2007 at 12:15 pm

  15. Phoenix :

    I still try to understand the befinit of Microformats. Perhaps this book will enlight me … let’s put it on my wishlist ;)

    July 19th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

  16. Coffee maker :

    Semantic web always helps people finding things and is especially usefull if search engines can retrieve information that can be categorized.

    I wonder if Microformats can be applied for eCommerce purposes?!

    July 19th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

  17. Zapatero, bad boy :

    Microformats are cool, awersome. John’s book is very good. Great book, excellent book.

    October 3rd, 2007 at 4:53 pm

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