Microformats

By: , On Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Microformats

Microformats

Microformats are based on open standards and are a simple way to format data using standard (X)HTML so that it is easily read by humans yet able to be interpreted by computer software for various uses.

Some popular Microformats include hCalendar based on iCaledar and used for formatting calendar events, hCard based on vCard and is used for formatting address book / contact information, XFN is a way to specify your relationship with others when linking to their web sites and profiles this specification is built into word press and a number of other told and web services, hReview is a way to format reviews for products, services, movies and any thing else a person might want to review, hAtom is based on the Atom feed format and is used for formatting information which can be syndicated and hResume is a great way for formatting published resumes on a web page.

Microformats on this site can be found on my contact page (hCard) and my events section (hCalendar).

Microformat browser tools here are a couple of tools for using Microformats in the Firefox web browser: Tails Export has a nice looking interface and can export hCards and hCalendar objects as vCard and vCalendar files for address book software, and Operator allows you to insert contact information into your Yahoo address book, events into your Google calendar, and preform a number of other functions.

Here are a few tools for creating Microformats which you can be embedded a blog, profile, or static web page.

Visit Microformats.org and the Microformat Wikipedia page for for information about Microformats.

Do you use Microformats? Are there any other tools you would recommend for exporting or utilizing Microformats?

One Response to “Microformats”

  1. Gem Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I will have to see whether microformats would really be a fit to one or all of my blogs. :)

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