Blog description format (background research)
A microformat to describe the contents of a (we)blog. It provides a specific set of information to categorize a (we)blog. Enables easier search for humans and efficient collection of information by machines.
Here are some of examples for information that might be provided:
- Details about the blog
- Blog name (e.g: "John Doe's Blog")
- Blog URI (e.g: http://example.org/ )
- Lanuage used for the blog, read-able by machines (e.g: "en-US" or "de")
- Topics covered by the blog
- A short description
- Available feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.)
- A small logo image
- Details about the author(s)
- Name (e.g: "John Doe")
- Contact details
- Geographical Location
Add real world examples here
has widespread usage, but seems to show up in slightly different contexts.
Some blogs (ala Wordpress) use the entry div as a wrapper to the actual post body, and wrap the whole thing in an additional div:
<div class="post"> <div class="entry"> </div> </div>
Wordpress uses class="postmetadata" to contain meta information, date, others use their own syntax - class="topics", class="description". -- need to post better examples here --
rel="bookmark" and rel="permalink" are both used in various places to denote a permalink to the specified entry.
How do blogs include information about themself?
Most blogging tools and services provide information about available feeds in <link> elements.
Example: (random blog from LiveJournal.com)
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/shalom9121/data/rss" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom" href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/shalom9121/data/atom" />
How do blogs include information about the author?
It seems to be common on blogger.com to include "About me" in the sidebar (see http://www.blogger.com/redirect/next_blog.pyra?navBar=true for a random blog)
- blog-description-format-brainstorming for examples on how things could be done.