7 Useful Microformats

A Microformat is one of the web design services related to semantic markup. It allows re-using of the existing HTML/XHTML tags to convey metadata and other attributes. With the help of Microformats, information like describing people, events, tags and bunch of other relevant information can be published and re-used easily. They are very convenient to use and major websites like Google, Yahoo! etc support and constantly use them.

Microformats offer  number of benefits. They help you to publish and share high fidelity information on the web. They also let you do some interesting thing using JavaScript and DOM. Microformats are machine-readable, accurate and appropriate metadata, meaningful markup. This ensures that there is no scope of any glitch arising at any stage. Another important advantage is that Microformats allow creating more consistent content. You can share your Microformat with the content providers. This ensures that you will get content in the right format. You do not need to work on the content at all before you present it to users.

Microformats have made it possible for web browsers to associate semantically marked up data, you encounter on the web with specific applications, either on your system or online. This means the contact information you see on a website will be associated with your favorite contacts application. If you have the hCard Microformat on any of your site’s pages you can sync it with your PDA, then it makes the contact information, personal information   more useful, on the web. Microformats can be used with Firefox extensions and blogging extensions.

Mentioned below are the seven quite popular Microformats:

1.    hCard: This is an easy Microformat used to present contact details of people, places, companies and organizations. This can prove to be a very useful format.

2.    hCalendar: This is a simple and open Microformat which is used to mark calendar and other related events. This Microformat is based on iCalendar and can be included in different markup languages like HTML, XHTML, and XML.

3.    hReview: This is a very good and useful Microformat. This provides an information review about different products. This is what a majority of buyers look for before they finally buy something. Having this Microformat is always beneficial for you.

4.    hResume: This format, as the name suggests, helps in publishing resumes. It provides 10 main areas of information. It allows you to display your resume on your blog which can be taken from any source like LinkedIn.

5.    hRecipe: This is a very useful format if you own a food recipe related blog. This allows you to exchange recipes. Whenever you want to share or find a recipe, hRecipe is the way to do it. It contains all the information about ingredients, preparation and all other details.

6.    RelTag: Blogs require you to use tags. It is important to have appropriate tags in each post you make so that you get oriented in the posts of the blog. The tags are required to be placed semantically. This is exactly what relTag helps you to do.

7.    Rel-nofollow: With the help of this format you can command applications to not follow particular links. This is indeed a very useful Microformat.

In today’s time when there is an exodus of websites on the World Wide Web, the information is scattered all over the web. This makes us a lot confused when it comes to finding the appropriate content through numerous websites. However, with the help of Microformats the browsers will be capable to associate semantically added data with various applications. Thus it will not take much time and efforts to add personal data into the application that manages your contacts.

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