Please read how-to-play before making any edits.
Please read process before proposing any new microformats.
What are microformats? And what can you do with them? See the about page for an overview, and the introduction page for more info. Recent press, presentations, podcasts, and screencasts are also a good place for some background reading/listening. Frequently asked questions are answered in the faq. Want something or want to contribute? Help with things to-do. Want to learn more in person? Check out microformats events.
One popular definition from our mailing list (see also: mailing-lists) 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
How to contribute
Want to help take microformats to the next level?
Take a look at the microformats wiki in other languages and help translate the microformats wiki to make microformats globally accessible.
- XFN (see also: xfn-implementations)
- Robots Exclusion
Design patterns are common uses of markup across microformats.
Research and analysis of real-world examples, existing formats, and brainstorming to motivate the microformat.
- blog description examples
- blog info examples
- blog post examples, formats, and brainstorming (yielded the hAtom draft)
- book examples, formats, and brainstorming
- chat examples, formats, and brainstorming
- citation effort, examples, formats, brainstorming, and FAQ
- comment problem, examples, and formats (Some stuff needs to be extracted from comments-formats)
- currency examples and brainstorming
- directions examples
- directory inclusion examples, formats. (see also rel-directory)
- distributed conversation overview, brainstorming, examples, and formats
- forms examples
- genealogy examples
- group brainstorming and examples
- hash examples
- job listing examples and brainstorming
- last modified examples, formats, and brainstorming
- hListing proposal, and feedback
- location formats. (see also adr and geo)
- luna (geo-like co-ordinates, for places on The Moon)
- mars (geo-like co-ordinates, for places on the planet Mars)
- media info examples
- meeting minutes examples, formats, and brainstorming
- metalink examples
- MFO examples
- music examples
- photo note examples
- recipe examples
- rel-product brainstorming
- requirements testing overview, and examples
- REST examples
- resume brainstorming, and formats
- review examples, and formats (yielded the hReview draft)
- search results example
- show brainstorming
- showroll brainstorming
- species (or "sci"): for the marking up of the scientific names of living things.
- table examples
- tagspeak examples
- tagcloud examples
- transit table examples
- widget examples, and brainstorming
- wiki formats
- work of art overview, examples, formats, and 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.
- Source code repository -- HowTo: Download code from the repository
- vcard-implementations, vcard-errata
- demo - a page with links for quickly demonstrating microformats working in practice.
microformats wiki in other languages
You may read and edit microformats articles in many other languages:
- languages with over 50 articles
- languages with over 2 articles
- languages with 2 articles
microformats translations elsewhere
These are offsite pages/sites with translations about microformats. If you are working on one of these, please consider translating the main microformats website!
Start a microformats wiki in another language
Don't see the language you want? Help translate the microformats wiki into another language!
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: 微格式 (Microformats) (see source of translation)