Introduction to RDFa. RDFa (“Resource Description Framework in attributes”) is having its five minutes of fame: Google is beginning to process RDFa and Microformats as it indexes websites, using the parsed data to enhance the display of search results with “rich snippets.”
Yahoo! , meanwhile, has been processing RDFa for about a year. With these two giants of search on the same trajectory, a new kind of web is closer than ever before. The web is designed to be consumed by humans, and much of the rich, useful information our websites contain, is inaccessible to machines. Get Started. Get started by adding support for microformats to your website, services, and products. introduction Microformats are based on simple markup conventions that enable you to add meaningful structure to your web content.
One of the key principles of microformats, is to privilege human readable content. This means that you should think first and foremost of your content design being readable and accessible to web viewers. Using the most appropriate HTML elements and applying structured class names to your markup enables you to produce content that can be clearly understood by a human audience and also used in a structured way by automated programs and other online tools. Oomph: A Microformats Toolkit - Lab - MIX Online. Go Microformats!
The crew here at Mix Online believe in Microformats. But don't just believe us: look at the adoption of Microformats in the wild. There are over a billion web pages with content formatted to the hCard specification and nearly 100 million formatted to the hCalendar specification. A blog about microformats and “data at the edges” : Semantics in HTML part I - Traditional HTML Semantics.
This is the first in a series of articles which aims to survey the issue of semantics in current web design and development (for the HTML based web, not the “Semantic Web”).
The goals are to further understand the way in which semantics are currently added to today’s web, either “formally” (through the use of “semantic” HTML, or microformats) or less formally, though the use of commonly used design patterns. In this article, I focus a little on precisely what the term “semantics” means, and then turn my attention to the nature of the “built in” semantics in HTML. Later articles will look at “data” semantics, such as those formalized by the microformats project, and at how pattern languages can help formalize the ad hoc semantics you find by analyzing page and site architecture, which I also spent a lot of time investigating about 12 months ago. Welcome to the microformats wiki! Meaningful Markup: POSH and Beyond. Back in 1998, I was working as a Marketing Coordinator for an accounting firm.
I was responsible for designing and writing content for our client newsletters, amongst a myriad of other print-focused activities. One day, my boss asked me to take a look at our corporate web site and rework the content. As I went through the editing and re-writing process, I became increasingly interested in what was behind the scenes on the site. Wiki - Westciv Wiki.