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Microformats are Mighty Big

October 14th, 2008 by Erick Beck

As web development and web programming becomes more complicated, the never-ending “Circle of Life” brings us right back to the beginning. In this case, microformats and Plain Ol’ Semantic HTML (POSH.)

As we continue to separate content from layout the content becomes increasingly easy to use and manipulate. In a nutshell, microformats are specifically formatted HTML that allows us to extract that content from its resident HTML page and make use of it.

The two most popular microformats are hcards, which convey personal information, and hcalendars, which contain event information. We had already begun to introduce hcard information into our websites where appropriate, but we have now begun to add hcalendar coding as well. The “Events” section of www.tamu.edu will soon convey hcalendar format, for example.

Microformats are still a bleeding edge technology, but I encourage you to look over those that have been published and see if they would work on your own sites.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 HTML, www.tamu.edu
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1 Comment to Microformats are Mighty Big

  1. Erick,
    We actually just added hcalendars to our university events calendar (http://events.wayne.edu/) and it went up today, crazy timing on your article. We also use them on all of our footers, we have an article here about that: http://wcs.wayne.edu/blog/2008/01/17/microformats-now-on-all-web-page-footers/

    Glad to see other higher ed institutions are also embracing microformats. Great work!

  2. Nick DeNardis on October 14th, 2008

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