In this book you'll learn
- How to take best advantage of the built-in semantics of XHTML and HTML
- How to extend the semantics of HTML using microformats and open up a world of new possibilities with web applications
- Every aspect of all the common microformats currently in use
- How microformats help your websites and applications easily integrate with web applications like Google Maps, as well as desktop applications like iCal, outlook, and entourage
- What innovative publishers and services, big and small, are doing right now with microformats
Summary of Contents
- PART ONE: INTRODUCING MICROFORMATS
- Chapter 1: What Are Microformats?
- Chapter 2: The State of the Art in Microformats
- PART TWO: USING MICROFORMATS
- Chapter 3: Structural and Semantic HTML
- Chapter 4: Link-Based Microformats: rel-license, rel-tag rel-nofollow, and VoteLinks
- Chapter 5:Microformat to Describe Relationships Between People: XFN
- Chapter 6: Location Microformats: geo and adr
- Chapter 7: Contact Information Microformat: hCard
- Chapter 8: Event Microformat: hCalendar
- Chapter 9: Review and Resume Microformats: hReview and hResume
- Chapter 10: Syndicated Content Microformat: hAtom.
- PART THREE: CASE STUDIES
- Chapter 11: Case Study: Cork'd
- Chapter 12: Case Study: Yahoo
- PART FOUR: DEVELOPING MICROFORMATS
- Chapter 13: The Process of Developing Microformats
- PART FIVE: APPENDIXES
- Appendix A: Microformat Specification Reference
- Appendix B: Microformat Design Patterns
- Appendix C: People, Tools, Services, and Publishers
Who is this book for?This book is an essential tool for all professional web designers and developers interested in microformats: integrated web-based contact details, tagged articles, geographical information seamlessly in web and desktop applications, etc.
Microformats - Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 is one of the few books that actually give the why and reasoning behind various
technologies. It is an
incredible resource for learning Microformats, very in-depth from cover to cover. Microformats are still in their
infancy, being just a few years old. However, as shown throughout this
book there are many big players who are staking ground in the value
and use of Microformats.
In a nutshell, in addition to using class information on an HTML tag as a means of using CSS for presentation, you can also use it for conveying information. Microformats are well thought out nested elements that provide human readable text, but machine processable content. The idea is fairly trivial, which is why it works so well.
Turns out there are all kinds of wonderful applications, and this book walks you through the problem that's being solved, shows why the solution is elegant, gives you plenty of examples, and then demonstrates how to not just create, but to detect and read Microformats.
As an added bonus, the book touches on all kinds of little developer tools, tricks, and browser extensions that just are plain usable.
In short, the book over delivers without being verbose. The author does a great job of explaining theory, use and then providing use examples for the various formats, showing css concepts for styling the information even if on first glance it seemed a bit off topic.
We consider this book
The Official Guide To Microformats with all of the information
available worthy of reading. This book is great to read, and will continue to be used as a great resource.
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