Sunday, Feb 11, 2007 4:57:30 PM
ArtistServer Adds More Support for Microformats!
This weekend, I rolled out some updates to ArtistServer.com - expanding our support of Microformats, to include xfn and hcard. Below is an outline of all the
Microformats ArtistServer currently supports.
Learn more about Microformats here: http://microformats.org
Draft Formats: The following are draft formats which ArtistServer currently supports.
- Microformat: xfn
Where: xfn is now used on each artist and member's Friend page on ArtistServer.
About: XFN (XHTML Friends Network) is a simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks. In recent years, blogs and blogrolls have become a rapidly growing area of the Web. XFN enables web authors to indicate their relationship(s) to the people in their blogrolls simply by adding a 'rel' attribute to their links.
Where: At the bottom of each artist and member's homepage on ArtistServer.
About: hCard is a simple, open, distributed format for representing people, companies, organizations, and places, using a 1:1 representation of the properties and values of the vCard standard (RFC2426 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2426.txt)) in semantic XHTML. hCard is one of several open microformat standards suitable for embedding in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.
Where: Each song on the site carries a rel-license microformat on ArtistServer.
About: Rel-License is a simple, open, format for indicating content licenses which is embedable in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.
Where: Everywhere you see tags being used, the rel-tag microformat is assigned to the link.
About: By adding rel="tag" to a hyperlink, a page indicates that the destination of that hyperlink is an author-designated "tag" (or keyword/subject) for the current page. Note that a tag may just refer to a major portion of the current page (i.e. a blog post). e.g. by placing this link on a page.
- Microformat: geo
Where: Inside each hCard, ArtistServer outputs the artist or member's geocoordinates if they are known.
About: geo is a simple format for marking up geographic latitude longitude information, suitable for embedding in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML. geo is a 1:1 representation of the "geo" property in the vCard standard (RFC2426 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2426.txt)) in XHTML, one of several open microformat standards.
- Microformat: enclosure
Where: Each mp3 download link on the site carries an enclosure microformat on ArtistServer.
About: RelEnclosure is a simple, open, format for indicating files to cache which is embeddable in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.
- Microformat: adr
Where: Inside each hCard, ArtistServer outputs the artist or member's City, State and Country.
About: adr is a simple format for marking up address information, suitable for embedding in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML. adr is a 1:1 representation of the adr property in the vCard standard (RFC2426 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2426.txt)) in XHTML, one of several open microformat standards. It is also a property of hCard.
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Monday, Mar 27, 2006 1:14:42 PM
ArtistServer Begins Adding Support For Microformats
ArtistServer.com has started started adding support for Micorformats: http://microformats.org
ArtistServer is all about people and their media, so it makes sense
for us to embrace these extensions of the Web. Through microformats, we
are embeding descriptive intelligence
throughout the Web. The end result is a much more intelligent network
with more opportunities, faster and cleaner solutions and a step
towards what people call the 'semantic Web.'
What are microformats?
One popular definition is "simple conventions for embedding semantics in HTML to enable decentralized development." More precisely, microformats can be defined as:
for embedding semantic markup
for a specific problem domain
in human-readable (X)HTML/XML documents, Atom/RSS feeds, and "plain" XML
that normalize existing content usage patterns
using brief, descriptive class names
often based on existing interoperable standards
to enable decentralized development
of resources, tools, and services
How do people benefit from this?
There's little benefit in the use of this technology 'right now' because there has been so little developed to take advantage of the technology. Once there are more tools and solutions developed to integrate, read, parse, dispaly, and find information that is associated to microformats, the benefits will be all over the place.
What microformats are being used on ArtistServer?
The following are the currently used microformats on ArtistServer.com.
- rel="license" - is now included on all music creative commons license links
- rel="nofollow" - was added to the reveiws popup div - since the review tool doesn't have any content
- rel="tag" - was added to all our tags in all places tags are used on the site
- rel="enclosure" - was added to all song download links
Are there plans to integrate any other microformats?
The following are microformats that I'm looking at integrating in the next few months.
hCard - http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard
A simple, open, distributed contact information format for people, companies, and organizations, which is suitable for embedding in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.
hReview - http://microformats.org/wiki/hreview
A simple, open, distributed format, suitable for embedding reviews (of products, services, businesses, events, etc.) in (X)HTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.
XFN - http://gmpg.org/xfn/
A simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks.
Then later in the year, when I add in the events calendar for artists and fans, I'll also provide support for hCalendar - which you can read about here: http://microformats.org/wiki/hcalendar
If you run a site, take a look at microformats and integrate where it makes sense.
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