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Welcome to the microformats wiki!

Please start with the Introduction to Microformats page and read How to Play before making any edits.

Getting Started


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

See more explanations of what are microformats, and what you can do with them.

How to contribute

Do you want to help take microformats to the next level? You can:


Microformats open standards specifications (see also: Microformats Implementations, examples-in-the-wild)


Design Patterns

Design patterns are common uses of markup across microformats.

Exploratory Discussions

Per the microformats The microformats process: research and analysis of real-world Best Practices for Examples Pages, existing formats, and brainstorming to motivate the microformat. Please check rejected-formats before making additions.


Tools, Test Cases and 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.


shared work areas

microformats wiki translations in other languages

You may read and edit microformats articles in many other languages:

See also List of microformats wiki translations, and how-to-start-a-new-translation.