‘This Week in Microformats’ is a summary of notable microformats activity from the mailing lists, wiki, events and the wider web.
On the µf-Discuss mailing list
- Lots of discussion this week about standardising the representation of hCard in JSON. Currently parsers tend to produce sensible but subtly different objects, this is an effort to make it all interoperable. There’s a wiki page and discussions: Standardized Representation of Microformats in JSON and jCard draft.
On the web
- David Jane’s Almost Universal Microformats Parser — written in Python — has been restored to the internet and the project is now hosted publicly on Google Code.
- ReadWriteWeb responds to Yahoo’s hListing deployment. Nestoria have also added hListing support.
- Recordings from SGFooCamp have emerged:
- Jeremy Keith talked about the password anti-pattern.
- Leslie Chicoine talks about the challenges of user-interface design, especially with respect to social-network-portability, and discusses what a user should or should not need to know about OpenID, and Satisfaction’s hCard implementation.
- Tantek Çelik spoke about the origins of XFN, hCard, and hCalendar as well as the need to focus on benefitting the user with improvements in user-interface.
- HubSpot have published a good introduction to working with microformats in Microformats: Inbound Marketing or Computers!.
- SemanticReport interviews Steve Ganz of LinkedIn about the upper and lower-case semantic web and their use of microformats (XFN, hCard, hResume, hCalendar, and hReview.)
- MicroReviews is a Twitter bot that takes posts and republishes them with hReview.
- San Diego Web Standards Group launch with focus including microformats.
- Announcing Open Web Vancouver 2008 – Apr/14+15 @ Canada Place, Microformats talks include: Microformats and Distributed Social Networks by Chris Messina, Microformats with Ryan King and more…
- Announcing the Microformats vEvent during London Web Week, 27th May 2008.
This weeks’s bulletin was put together with contributions from Frances Berriman, Toby Inkster, Tantek Çelik, Gerald Bauer, David Janes and Brian Suda. To contribute to the next issue, please edit the wiki page. Thanks!