Microformats in HTML 5
This page is to document future use of microformats in HTML 5. None of the items documented are supported now, and may change upon proper development within the microformats community, or changes in the HTML 5 specification. This page is to track HTML5 enabled enhancements to microformats, and issues that HTML5 raises. It may be used to track issues which we need to push back into the HTML 5 development process.
If there are things that Microformats would like to mark up that aren't handled by HTML5 explicitly, please let the WHATWG know, so we can improve HTML5. This is how
time came to be, for instance.
New features in HTML5
time element for representing date times. In HTML5, the machine form of datetimes can be represented natively. It should be possible to replace the date-time design pattern with native HTML.
timetakes an optional
pubdateattribute, to indicate the publication date of an
article. Synonymous with hAtom 0.1
published, may imply hAtom 0.1
updated, may imply hReview 0.4 (in progress)
dtreviewed, may imply hListing draft
microdata. HTML5 provides a set of attributes and associated DOM APIs for extracting data from web pages.
itempropattribute is a more specific version of
class, for field names
subjectattribute allows semantically linking within the page. Conceptually similar to the include-pattern.
<itemref refid="x" />allows semantically linking within the page. Conceptually similar to the include-pattern.
contentattribute on the
metaelement can be used to invisibly include data. Conceptually similar to the Value Class Pattern.
itemscopeattribute identifies blocks to be marked as structure data. Conceptually similar to the mfo-examples brainstorming?
itemtypeattribute to specify the type for an item (for example:
- microdata vCard - use hCard 1.0 instead, taking into account the hCard FAQ and resolved+closed issues. hCard 1.0.1 (under development) is incorporating these errata. Avoid the "microdata vCard" vocabulary as it is an out-of-date fork/snapshot of hCard.
- microdata vEvent - use hCalendar 1.0 instead, taking into account the hCalendar FAQ and resolved+closed issues. hCalendar 1.0.1 is incorporating these errata. Avoid the "microdata vEvent" vocabulary, as it is an out-of-date fork/snapshot of hCalendar's vevent root class name and applicable properties.
- microdata Licensing Works - see also Licensing Brainstorming
data- naming convention for tag attributes. the draft specification states that any attribute that starts with "data-" will be treated as a storage area for private data.
- Note that the data-* stuff is explicitly not for microformats. Those attributes are defined in such a way that browsers will never do anything special with them, ever. They are intended for script authors to have a space in which they can play without ever clashing with anything the browser does. There may be some cases of private poshformats that are never intended for interchange that may be used in data-* attributes.
Current microformat compatibility
There seems to be no issue with current implementation of the following microformats in HTML 5:
- "how to use with HTML5" sections that include (a) microformats examples that use Microformats in HTML5, and (b) microformats parsing details that specify what to do (if anything special is required) with HTML5 elements (e.g. how to parse the
timeelement for dates and times for microformats). See (and add to if necessary) :
- hCard brainstorming - how to use with HTML5
- hCalendar brainstorming - how to use with HTML5 e.g. hCalendar with the
- citation brainstorming - how to use with HTML5
- if nothing special is required for HTML5, then after performing the analysis, that should be noted as well, for the purpose of clarity.
revattribute has been removed. In HTML5,
revare no-longer paired, and the
relattribute nolonger describes the direction of a relationship. Microformats which use
revwill need to use
- Or something like data-rev="vote-for"
- As above,
data-attributes are for application-context functionality, not shared vocabularies. Further, the HTML5 specification makes
relthe correct attribute to use, regardless of direction, through the changed specification. --BenWard 17:53, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
- As above,
- Or something like data-rev="vote-for"
profileattribute has been removed. In HTML, the
profileattribute from the
headhas been removed, with no direct replacement. This causes issues for GRDDL support. It's been suggested that profile URLs be represented in
linkelements instead, or even as a custom HTTP header. See grddl and profile-uris
classdata. the new attribute itemprop is designed to hold some meaningful data about an element, but class already exists to hold this data. Unsure of reasons why itemprop required?
- This is because microdata is designed to be generically parsable, even when the parser does not understand the vocabulary. As such, property names have to be on an explicit attribute, not shared with other, non-data classnames. --BenWard 21:12, 4 September 2009 (UTC)