Microformats has introduced a new pattern – the value-class pattern to tackle accessibility and localization problems. The value-class pattern lets you two things – break value of a microformat property into multiple sub-values, and mark specific relevant data using a special class name value. So, now you have multiple options to design your markup for datetime values and keep it accessible and machine readable, as Jeremy Keith illustrates.
Google has announced a few updates to its search engine during its Searchology event. Google will now support microformats and RDFa to show rich snippets from a web page. Considering that these technologies were developed to extract structured data from web pages, search engines should have adopted them long back, and in fact helped them grow. [Continue]
Microformats give us a nice way of using special markup for special content. This makes it easier for us to reuse the web page to mine for that specific data. hAtom is one such microformat, which unfortunately implies that it gets ignored by the enterprisey and corporate culture, and it gets adopted and experimented in the open source one-man world. [Continue]
BBC is doing away with microformats. Michael Smethurst explains the reasons, and at the root of all of them is the inaccessibility because of the abbr design pattern. BBC is going to try out RDFa as an alternative. [Continue]
I have been long reading about microformats and even using them in some projects. But somehow integrating them with this blog has taken this long. This blog is microformatted now, specifically hCard and hAtom. [Continue]
Alex Faaborg illustrates one of the best uses of the Semantic Web. Mozilla Firefox 3 might identify microformats and associating them with specific applications. As an example, how about if you can export a contact from the HTML page to an application. [Continue]