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Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 by John Allsopp

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INTRODUCTION

Microformats, an evolutionary approach to adding richer semantics to HTML-based markup, have rapidly been gaining adoption among web publishers and service developers, large and small, over the last two or three years.

Unlike almost every other approach to adding more sophisticated semantics to the Web, such as XML, RDF, and the Semantic Web, microformats don't require developers to learn whole new technologies, throw away their existing code bases, or wait years for browser developers to catch up and actually implement support for the technology. Microformats simply use features of HTML that have been around for years and are familiar to most web developers, though sometimes in original and subtle ways. If you hand-code HTML or ...

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