microformats test suites

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Test suites help interoperability and completeness of microformats parsing. This page documents the effort to produce test cases for microformats2 and parsing patterns, so that you can verify the operations of your parser.

Goals of Test Suite Project

There's no better way for parser writers to verify the correctness and completeness of their code.

We need to provide a suite to:

Test Project

On github:


Frequently asked questions about microformats tests / test suites.

  • How do we create a test suite which can be used for implementations in any langage?
    • Define the test suites using the Test Fixture microformat (and/or it’s updated mf2 version) so that language-specific test suites can be derived from a single source. See also test-suite-brainstorming
  • Should we test the whole parser output against a JSON representation of the original data, or compare individual parsed properties?
    • Paraphrased from this issue on github
    • Specifically the difficulty is dates/times, where a single datetime can be specified in many different ways, and only sometimes represented as an object native to the language the parser is working in. Many microformats / Microformats in HTML5 <time> dates/times/durations are not represented in any native language objects (e.g. month-day). See HTML5 Time element proposals for more variants/details.

see also


Previous microformats1 test suites: Test Suites