Please read how-to-play before making any edits.
Please read process before proposing any new microformats.
What are microformats? See the about page for an overview, and the introduction page for more info. Recent press and presentations are also a good place for some background reading as well. Frequently asked questions are answered in the faq.
One popular definition from our mailing list is "simple conventions for embedding semantics in HTML to enable decentralized development." More precisely, microformats can be defined as:
- simple conventions
- for embedding semantic markup
- for a specific problem domain
- in human-readable (X)HTML/XML documents, Atom/RSS feeds, and "plain" XML
- that normalize existing content usage patterns
- using brief, descriptive class names
- often based on existing interoperable standards
- to enable decentralized development
- of resources, tools, and services
"Or do you just use your browser to browse? That's so 20th century." -- Mark Pilgrim
- XFN (see also: xfn-implementations)
Design patterns give microformat authors a vocabulary for expressing their ideas consistently with what has already been done. If you're tempted to try your hand at writing a microformat read this first!
- class names defined across all microformats
Research and analysis of real-world examples, existing formats, and brainstorming to motivate the microformat.
- blog-post-examples, blog-post-formats, blog-post-brainstorming (yields hAtom)
- book-examples, book-formats, book-brainstorming
- chat-examples, chat-formats
- citation microformat overview, citation-examples, citation-formats, citation-brainstorming
- directory-inclusion-examples, directory-inclusion-formats. (see also rel-directory)
- distributed-conversation, distributed-conversation-brainstorming, distributed-conversation-examples, distributed-conversation-formats
- last-modified-examples, last-modified-formats, last-modified-brainstorming
- hlisting-proposal, hlisting-feedback
- location-formats. (see also adr and geo)
- requirements-testing, requirements-testing-examples
- resume-brainstorming, resume-formats
- review-examples, review-formats (yielded the hReview draft)
- widget-examples, widget-brainstorming
- xmdp-brainstorming (see also xmdp-faq)
Tools & Test Cases & Additional Research
The first place to look for examples, code, and test cases is in the pages for each individual microformat. There are only a few cross-cutting tools and services that need to process more than one microformat. This section is intended for editors, parsers, validators, test cases, and other information relevant across multiple microformats.
- vcard-implementations, vcard-errata
- demo - a page with links for quickly demonstrating microformats working in practice.
microformats wiki in other languages
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We're still figuring this out.
You may want to start with the list of stable-pages, which are pages that are relatively stable, and have only minimal/editorial changes, which makes them much easier to keep in sync with the English versions, by using the my watchlist feature (use it to watch the pages you've translated for changes).
Page naming: for the translated version of a page, use the same name for the page, and simply add the RFC 3066 language identifier code as a dash suffix. E.g. for the French version, Main_Page becomes Main_Page-fr, and how-to-play becomes how-to-play-fr.
more languages folks want to see
- Chinese: 微支付 (Microformats) (see source of translation)