Monday, April 03, 2006

Read/WriteWeb: Microcontent Design, Part 1 

Read/WriteWeb: Microcontent Design, Part 1: "Microformats

microformattsMicroformats is the generic name given to any format that builds on XML (X)HTML to provide additional metadata about web objects. This is the definition on the microformats.org website:

'Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.'

A good example of a microformat is hReview, a format that provides a common markup for reviews (of products, services, etc). Check out Phil Pearson's NZ Coffee Review site for an example of hReview in action. Also it's great to see Microsoft embracing microformats, as announced at Mix '06.

It’s important to note that microformats and the Structured Blogging initiative are both open standards and complement one another. The Structured Blogging toolset outputs reviews in the hReview format, for example. So essentially Structured Blogging provides tools to publish structured content, which formats it nicely for users and marks it up with microformats."

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