Mozilla’s Tantek Çelik discusses how new HTML5 elements and microformats offer a simple way to represent web data without additional URLs, file formats, or callbacks. Microformats2 and HTML5 improvements bring better accessibility, simpler markup, improved semantics, and a direct mapping to JSON APIs for data consumers.
I’ve written reviews on this blog since I started it in 2001. In fact, the original impetus for starting the blog was so I could review web design books.
Somewhere along the line, I learned about microformats and began using hReview to write book reviews. This was a good move for me and here’s why:
Google likes microformats. I picked one of my reviews at random and searched for it on Google. You can see my review is ranked 4th by Google.
If you are interested in learning about microformats, I recommend the book I didn’t review called “Microformats Made Simple.” If you like learning from View Source, here are the books I’ve reviewed so you can examine what I’m doing with the code. Pick one, view source, find class="hreview" to see where the microformatted review starts. Soon you’ll know all my SEO hReview secrets.
For those of you in the business of making apps, a site you may learn a lot from is Moms with Apps. They concentrate on branding, marketing, and practical matters such as getting an app ready to put in the App Store.
Bing webmaster help site that indicates Microsoft wants to play nice with whatever markup approach webmasters want to implement – microdata, microformats, or RDFa. The site mark-up overview on the page referenced says that Bing’s “crawlers do not prefer one specification over another. It’s entirely up to you to decide which of the supported specifications best fits your data.”
Contrast that with Google’s initial commentary about the schema.org structured data markup schema.
Stop Obsessing over HTML5 and CSS3. Paul Boag has some ideas about what we should be thinking about instead of merely worrying about learning HTML5 and CSS3. What I want to know is does Paul – or any web educator – think topics like those he suggests need to be part of a comprehensive web education curriculum?