Chapter 1. Introduction

What Are Microformats?

Microformats are simple, open design patterns based on existing standards that you use to describe common web content, including people, places, events, links, and much more.

Existing standards? Yes. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). That’s it. Seriously. No fancy software. No new languages. Just markup and class patterns using two of the most basic building blocks of the web today.

Which is why microformats are so simple and easy-to-use.

Humans first, machines second

The markup and class patterns you use to define microformats are designed for humans first, machines second.

What does that mean? Basically, the content “contained” by microformats is consumed by ...

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