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<entry-title>Recently in microformats</entry-title> Recently in microformats is a place to collaboratively draft blog posts about what's recently going on with microformats. Feel free to write things in any of the sections below, and ping an microformats admins on #microformats chat when you'd like your writing reviewed and posted to the blog.

Recently in microformats

In the past several months there has been a considerable increase in activity in, with, and around microformats. From continued growth of stalwarts like hCard 1.0 and rel="me", to emergence of federated indieweb comments based on the microformats2 h-entry and h-card. Search engines are crawling more microformats than ever, most recently hAtom 0.1 and hMedia. Lastly, informal microformats meetups, as well as sessions and presentations at conferences, continue at a good monthly pace.

New implementations

New real world publishing and uses of microformats emerge every week. Here are a few examples that are enabling and enhancing key features on the web.

new rel me support

Both and Svbtle now support rel="me" for user profiles linking to their home pages. in particular implemented their Domain Claiming feature based on rel-me linking from your personal site to your profile (and entering your personal site in your profile).

Thus the list of OAuth providers available to authenticate for Web sign-in backends continues to grow. The IndieAuth library and service that implements RelMeAuth has already added support for as a RelMeAuth authentication provider.

Storytlr using microformats2 for indieweb comments

The Storytlr open source blogging tool now consumes microformats2, in particular h-entry and h-card to display comments made from indieweb blog to another.

Taproot and p3k reply contexts

The Taproot and p3k blogging tools are also consuming h-entry and h-card to display original post context when publishing replies.

Google is parsing hMedia

As of somewhere in the end of 2012 or early 2013, Google has began parsing hMedia.

While not officially supporting hMedia like they do in the rich snippet support page for hCard 1.0, hReview 0.4 (in progress), hCalendar 1.0 (event too)& hRecipe 0.22, Google surprisingly has began to show the hMedia in the webmaster tools result.

Does Google really support hMedia?

Officially - I could not find anything related to think that Google actually support it or can read it, even when searching "Google hMedia" I could not find anything related to the fact that Google supporting hMedia.

The main focus I will take is for the hMedia is the image deceleration, because as so far it is the only type within the hMedia schema that I could say that Google supports.

Google! where is my hMedia?

The first thing many people do to find out if they have coded their web page properly with the microformats, is entering Google Rich Snippet Tool and check their page to see if Google is parsing it correctly.

The first time I have used the hMedia schema, I could not find anything that could say that Google parses my hMedia.

Example: lets parse this page: And we will get:


By this Google gives us the impression that it does not parse hMedia.

hMedia! There you are

I have personally used this hMedia image tagging since the 2012, and Google webmaster tools hasn`t shown me any information about reading the hMedia, somewhere near the start of year 2013, I have found Google has began parsing almost all of the hMedia photos I have tagged.


Please share your thoughts regarding the parsing of hMedia, and your opinions about what hMedia should include in microformats2, and if you have found any other type of hMedia schema`s that Google parses.

Thanks to Aviran Zazon for investigating, screenshotting, and writing up his research on Google's hMedia support. Content has been reformatted for this blog post.

In articles and other web sites

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New microformats and rel values

Interesting wiki updates

From Twitter

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Interesting Discussions on IRC and mailing lists

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Early on we did "This week in microformats" when there were weekly changes and discussions. See here for examples of that. These early posts are excellent examples, e.g. for guidance on formatting: