Welcome to the microformats wiki!
- Learn what it means to be POSH.
- See the about page, latest news, press, presentations, Books, microformats podcasts, & screencasts.
- Have questions? Read the frequently asked questions and see the glossary for new terms.
- Want to learn more in person? Check out microformats Microformats events.
Microformats are small bits of HTML that represent things like people, events, tags, etc. in web pages.
Microformats enable the publishing of higher fidelity information on the Web, providing the fastest and simplest way to support feeds and APIs for your website. 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:
- Get started by adding microformats to your website, services, and products.
- Advocate the use of microformats on other web sites, especially those you use.
- Write a Testimonals.
- Do something on the to do list.
- Join the IRC Channel and mailing lists to learn and help answer questions (read the general guidelines before posting).
- Translate this microformats wiki into other languages to make microformats more accessible to readers of languages around the world.
- Before proposing any new microformats, make sure your website is posh, uses existing microformats, and then read the The microformats process.
Microformats open standards specifications.
- hCalendar - hCalendar creator
- hCard - hCard creator
- XFN - The XHTML Friends Network - XFN creator
- adr - for marking up address information
- Geo - for marking up WGS84 geographic coordinates (latitude; longitude)
- hAtom - syndicating episodic content (e.g. weblog postings)
- hResume - for publishing resumes and CVs
- hReview - hReview creator
- rel-directory - to indicate that the destination of a hyperlink is a directory listing containing an entry for the current page
- rel="enclosure" - for indicating attachments (e.g. files) to download and cache
- rel="home" - indicate a hyperlink to the homepage of the site
- rel-payment - indicate a payment mechanism
- robots exclusion
Design patterns are common uses of markup across microformats.
- abbr design pattern
- Date Design Pattern
- Datetime Design Pattern
- Value Class Pattern
- elemental microformats
- compound microformats
See: Exploratory Discussions for details of research and analysis of real-world Best Practices for Examples Pages, existing formats, and brainstorming of possible new microformats, per the microformats The microformats process. Such work is categorised as being:
user centric development
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. That section is intended for editors, parsers, validators, test cases, and other information relevant across multiple microformats.
microformats wiki translations
You may read and edit microformats articles in many other languages:
- languages with over 100 articles
- languages with over 10 articles
- languages with over 2 articles
- Wikipedia's article on microformats has been translated into a number of languages.